Juvenile remanded to youth diversion center after Friday car chase involving GPD

A 16-year-old Griffin boy was arrested Friday after engaging Sgt. Joe Hudson, of the Griffin Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit, in a brief car chase.

The juvenile, who authorities are not identifying because of his age, was driving a vehicle belonging to his mother.

“It was a traffic charge to begin with, but he decided he wasn’t going to stop,” said Chief Frank Strickland.

Hudson pursued the juvenile, who eventually came to a stop after sideswiping another vehicle.

The suspect then “jumped out in someone’s driveway” and attempted to flee on foot, but was soon apprehended, Strickland said.

Authorities say no one was injured in the incident.

The suspect, who Strickland said was already known by Spalding County Juvenile Court officials, appeared before a judge Friday, charged with fleeing and attempting to elude, as well as traffic violations.

According to Strickland, the juvenile was remanded to a youth diversion facility at Fort Stewart in Hinesville.

“If he completes this diversion program, he won’t be adjudicated,” Strickland said. “The judge is trying to give him a chance.”

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