30-mile high speed chase ends peacefully

Thu, 04/09/2009 - 3:40pm
By: Ben Nelms

An April 4 chase that began in Senoia ended 30 miles away in Zebulon with the driver arrested and facing multiple charges after he finally pulled over and gave himself up. There were no injuries or accidents resulting from the pursuit.

Carrollton resident Dennis Sprewell was arrested on charges of reckless driving, fleeing and attempting to elude officers, suspended license, suspended registration and no insurance, according to Senoia Police Chief Jason Edens.

The incident began at 8:45 p.m. at the intersection of Ga. Highway 16 and Ga. Highway 85 as Lt. Jason Ercole attempted to stop a Chevy Silverado after observing suspicious activity and a tag violation, said Edens.

But Sprewell would not pull over and, instead, began driving east on Hwy. 16. Though traffic conditions were light and though he slowed down at intersections, Sprewell sometimes traveled at speeds of approximately 100 miles per hour, Edens said.

Ercole continued to pursue the Silverado as it passed through Griffin, onto U.S. Highway 19 and continued south into Zebulon, said Edens.

Edens said that once in Zebulon, Sprewell voluntarily stopped the vehicle and surrendered to the numerous officers who, by that time, were in pursuit. Ercole made the arrest without incident, said Edens, adding that there were no accidents or injuries or damage to property during the 30-mile pursuit.

Edens said he appreciated the assistance of Griffin Police, Spalding County and Pike County deputies and Georgia State Patrol.

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