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Chase leaves three hurt, one jailed

A high-speed chase and subsequent manhunt originating on I-75 Monday night ended in Lamar County Tuesday morning. Details remain sketchy but Capt. Todd Pippin of the LCSO said the chase began when Butts County deputies tried to stop the suspect vehicle on I-75. The suspect fled west onto Hwy. 36 then into Barnesville on Mill Street, onto College Drive then north on Veterans Pkwy in the southbound lane. The suspect vehicle collided with several others at or near the intersection of Veterans and Rose Ave., sending three people to area hospitals. The extent of their injuries is unknown at present. The suspect, who has outstanding drug warrants and is from North Carolina, fled into the woods at about 9:45 p.m. Monday. Deputies, GSP troopers and Lamar and DNR K9 units were called in and the suspect was taken into custody at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday. UPDATE: The suspect in the case has been identified by sheriff Brad White as Ashford Cuffy. He said the man may be from South Carolina. His personal data has not been verified. Cuffy was arrested walking along Hwy. 41 South near its intersection with Bush Road. Cuffy faces extensive charges over multiple jurisdictions as a result of the chase. White was aware of two vehicles and two injuries from the crash though EMTs claim to have treated three. White said a woman, possibly from Pike County, was hospitalized. Another male victim walked away from the crash. The sheriff said details of the incident are still emerging.

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