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Monday's crash scene. (Photo: Walter Geiger)

GSP releases details on Forsyth Street chase crash

The Georgia State Patrol has issued a preliminary report on a Dec. 18 crash on Forsyth Street in Barnesville that occurred after a suspect fled BPD officers.

Brian Christopher Clay, 45, of 141 Edgewood Circle was driving east on Forsyth Street, actively fleeing one marked and one unmarked police car with lights activated. Witnesses said he intentionally drove of the south side of the roadway and struck several trees, according to the GSP report.

First responders had to extricate Clay from his 2012 Jeep Patriot. He was treated at the scene and then lifeflighted to the Grady trauma center in Atlanta. He is recuperating, according to BPD chief Belinda Penamon.

Penamon said Clay was on his way to police headquarters for an interview regarding a forgery case when he bolted. Clay told witnesses at the scene that he did not want to go back to prison.

Clay has a long prison history dating back to April 15,1999 with robbery, forgery and theft by taking convictions. He has two cruelty to children convictions from Spalding County along with one robbery conviction and three forgery convictions from Pierce County.

His most recent prison stint followed a burglary conviction in Upson County. He was released on parole on Jan. 17, 2023.

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