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High speed chase ends in crash, arrest

A 23-year-old Barnesville man was arrested on multiple charges after a high-speed chase April 15 that began on Hwy. 36 East, continued on I-75 at speeds of up to 150 mph., and ended with a crash on Unionville Road. Dep. Justyn Weaver was observing traffic on Hwy. 36 near Van Mar Park at just before 8:30 p.m. when he spotted a white Chevy Camaro with a headlight out. He attempted to stop the Camaro but it fled into Butts County and onto I-75 South with Weaver in pursuit. The driver was later identified as Shamar Harden Tyus of 399 Atlanta Street. His passenger was Jecoria Sims. Weaver noted in his report he was running 133 mph. on I-75 and the Camaro was pulling away. Tyus exited onto High Falls Park Road and then turned onto Unionville Road. He attempted to enter private property but hit a bar across a gate that then hit Weaver’s patrol car. The Camaro hit a tree and overturned and Weaver’s vehicle rolled into it. Tyus exited the vehicle through the back glass. He was held at gunpoint until backup arrived. Neither Tyus or Sims was seriously injured. Deputies later found marijuana where Tyus slowed briefly at one point during the chase. Some unidentified pills and a handgun were found in the Camaro. Tyus went to jail charged with two super speeder violations, no headlights, fleeing and attempting to elude, improper lane change, reckless driving, no seatbelt, possession of marijuana, drugs not in original container, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, two counts DUI, failure to stop, improper passing, striking a fixed object, interference with government property, hit and run, littering and failure to exercise due care.

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