Tifton Gazette


April 23, 2013

Man arrested after crashing into I-75 brick divider

TIFTON — A 19-year-old male from Milledgeville was arrested Friday after crashing into the brick divider on Interstate 75.

Sgt. Dorminey McCrae with the Tifton Police Department Criminal Investigations Division said at approximately 2:44 a.m. Friday, he was traveling west on Eighth Street when he observed a white Chevrolet pickup truck fail to stop at the stop sign on Fulwood Boulevard. He said the truck never slowed down, almost crashing directly into the driver’s side of his patrol vehicle. He said he had to swerve to the right to avoid a traffic crash with the pickup truck, at which time the vehicle swerved and turned right onto Eighth Street.

McCrae said he turned around and activated his emergency lights and siren to try and conduct a traffic stop on the truck. He said as he got behind the truck, which had turned right onto Exit 63-B (northbound entrance ramp), the truck ran off of the ramp and almost overcorrected as he was entering onto I-75 northbound. He said he then advised dispatch that he was attempting to stop the truck, as well as gave them the vehicle’s Georgia tag number.

McCrae said the truck was traveling approximately 60-65 miles per hour and was swerving over all three lanes on I-75 northbound. He said he advised dispatch of the speed and also that there was no traffic at that time on I-75 northbound. He said as he was pursuing the vehicle, the driver waved his left hand out of the driver’s window. He said their location at that point was Exit 64.

The pursuit was eventually terminated at the I-75 northbound and Northeast Campus location, and McCrae told dispatch to notify the Tift County Sheriff’s Office in reference to the pickup truck driving recklessly. He said he exited the interstate by getting off on Exit 66 and returned to the city limits of Tifton. Approximately seven to 10 minutes after the pursuit was terminated, dispatch advised that the sheriff’s office had received a call from a motorist who advised them that a white truck had crashed into the brick divider just north of Exit 69, traveling northbound. McCrae said he was at North Central Avenue and Eighth Street when the crash occurred.

He said after being notified of the traffic crash, he went to the scene of the accident to see if the vehicle involved was the same vehicle that almost crashed into his patrol vehicle. He determined that it was the same vehicle with the same Georgia tag.

McCrae said the subject driving the truck, Damian Blain Bacon, 19, of 2790 Vinson Highway S.E., Milledgeville, was very incoherent and confused and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or some type of drug. He said the pickup truck was totaled; the Jaws of Life had to be used to free Bacon from the vehicle.

“It’s a good thing no one was traveling northbound on I-75,” McCrae said. “It could have been bad.”

Bacon was transported to Tift Regional Medical Center for treatment. He didn’t receive any life threatening injuries, McCrae said. At the hospital, a local Georgia State Patrol trooper waited to transport the offender to the Tift County Jail.

Bacon was charged with DUI, reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, driving with an expired license and failure to maintain lane.

To contact reporter Latasha Everson, call 382-4321.

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