TIFTON -- A man who led Worth County authorities on a high-speed pursuit into Tift County and was nearly killed after crashing into an oak tree has been arrested at least three times before by Tift County law enforcement.
A man that law enforcement officials identified as Quincy Lamar Bailey led Poulan police and Worth County deputies down U.S. Highway 82 and along back country roads into Tift County in a chase that, at times, reached speeds in excess of 130 miles per hour early Wednesday morning.
Authorities said Bailey got off U.S. Highway 82 in Ty Ty heading towards Tifton on Ty Ty-Whiddon Mill Road before moving onto Whiddon Mill Road and then onto various other back country roads in an apparent attempt to elude police.
"The end result was that he ended up on Whiddon Mill Road, passed Carpenter Road and lost control and hit an oak tree," Georgia State Patrol Trooper Dana Harnage said. "I'm estimating that he was going about 115 to 125 miles per hour on three tires when he lost control of the vehicle."
The 1991 Sedan Deville that Bailey was driving, which belonged to his sister Melissa Hamilton, was completely totaled with the engine and Bailey coming to rest in the backseat.
Bailey was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon where he was being triaged as of press time. His condition was not immediately known.
Early reports have said that Poulan police units originally attempted to pull Bailey over because of a tag light being out. They said when they turned on their lights and siren, he fled.
Bailey has a history of alleged criminal activity in Tifton. In April 2004, Bailey was charged with possession of marijuana. On July 23, 2005 he was charged with obstructing police and loitering. Most recently he was charged on Aug. 8 with breaking into a car.
So far he's been charged with driving too fast for conditions and driving without a license by the Georgia State Patrol. A multitude of charges from Poulan and Worth County law enforcement are pending.
Harnage said that the pursuing units did not use a PIT, or Precision Immobilization Technique, tactic to end the chase. The tactic involves police units bumping fleeing cars to cause them to lose control to end the chase.
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