2 charged for high-speed motorcycle chase

Tue, 09/04/2007 - 4:08pm
By: John Munford

Arrest warrants have been issued for two motorcyclists who led sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase early Thursday evening through south Fayette County, police said.

One of the suspects wrecked his bike into the woods off Rockaway Road and got away on foot. He has been identified as James Earl Spinner, 26, of Sandy Creek Road, Fayetteville, police said.

The other biker, identified as Jerry Lee Jones Jr., 28, of Nicholas Drive, Union City, continued into Coweta County and was tracked by a sheriff’s detective in an unmarked car, who was able to relay the biker’s location to Coweta County deputies, police said.

Ultimately Jones crashed his bike into a Georgia State Patrol car and he suffered a significant leg injury, police said.

Both Spinner and Jones are being charged with reckless driving, speeding (110 mph in a 55 zone) and fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, police said.

As of Tuesday morning Jones was still at large but deputies were getting information indicating he may not live at the address on Sandy Creek Road, police said.

The pursuit began just before 5:30 p.m. when Dep. Chris Stapleton was responding to a citizen complaint about motorcycles speeding and passing other vehicles on hills and curves on Padgett Road, police said.

When he first saw the pair, Stapleton turned on his blue lights and the two motorcycles took off, traveling up Padgett Road to Ga. Highway 85 and then briefly south before turning onto Ga. Highway 74 and Rockaway Road, police said.

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