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Wild chase, search in Monroe, Bibb

Two suspects involved in a chase in Monroe County were apprehended today, April 30, 2013, after a six hour search that began around 11:00 a.m. A Monroe County deputy attempted to stop a speeding Dodge Charger on I-75 south bound near mile marker 179 that was traveling 85 mph in a 65 mph zone. The driver of the car refused to stop and continued driving south on I-75 into Bibb County at times reaching speeds of over 120 m.p.h. The MCSO deputy attempted to execute a PIT maneuver to stop the speeding car near Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. but the car spun around and began traveling north in the southbound lane of I-75 in a construction zone. Shortly thereafter the vehicle crossed the grassy median to the northbound side of I-75 and continued driving back into Monroe County. As the chase neared Pate Road, MCSO deputies attempted to employ stop sticks to deflate the tires of the car. The car, in an attempt to avoid the stop sticks, crashed in a ditch. The two male subjects in the vehicle fled on foot towards the access road near Bolingreen Nursing Home. One suspect, Jonathan Irving, 20 years old, from Ellenwood, Georgia, was arrested a couple of hours later after he was spotted by an MCSO deputy in a gold Chevy Malibu. As the vehicle stopped the suspect ran and was apprehended near the I-475 over pass on Hwy. 41 in Bolingbroke. The driver of the Malibu, Racheal Gerald, 23, of Forest Park, Georgia, was also arrested for her attempt to help Irving escape arrest. As the search for the other suspect continued, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Spalding County STAR Aviation Unit and helicopters searched Bolingbroke for the other suspect for several hours before capturing the man in the Glen Merry Subdivision around 5:20 this afternoon. The suspect has been identified as Christopher A. Snelson, 22 years old, from Atlanta. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office received assistance from Bibb County, The Georgia State Patrol and the Bolingbroke Fire Department during the chase and subsequent search. Numerous felony and misdemeanor charges are expected for all suspects involved in the incident including but not limited to: speeding 85/65 and 120+/65, reckless driving, felony fleeing and attempting to elude and felony obstruction. Deputies also retrieved a stolen handgun inside the Dodge Charger and the suspects will face charges relating to possession of the weapon. In addition, the VIN plates on the Charger were tampered with or removed and the vehicle is believed to be stolen.

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