Sheriff: Pursuit of vehicle ended prior to wreck that caused serious injuries

STAFF REPORT :::

One Griffin man sustained potentially life threatening injuries and others were less seriously wounded in a Tuesday morning wreck on Taylor Street.

According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, at approximately 8:39 a.m., deputies observed a suspect identified as Alex Alsobrooks, with outstanding arrest warrants operating a black Infiniti sedan.

Officials of the SCSO said deputies witnessed a traffic violation and attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the parking lot of 430 W. Taylor St.

Authorities say Alsobrooks fled the scene and deputies pursued the driver and vehicle. After witnessing the operator driving in an erratic manner and increasing speeds, deputies elected to discontinue the pursuit and turned off their emergency equipment and lost sight of the vehicle.

As the deputies approached the intersection of 4th and Taylor streets, they observed that a vehicle crash had occurred between the black Infiniti and a red minivan.

Deputies reactivated their emergency equipment and upon arrival at the scene began to render aid. Medical personnel from Spalding Regional Hospital EMS, and additional support from the Griffin Police Department and Griffin Fire-Rescue (GFR), arrived on the scene and provided assistance.

GFR assisted EMS in removing the driver from the Infiniti.

The Georgia State Patrol was notified and arrived on the scene to investigate the traffic crash.

Two Fayette County Deputies observed the crash and gave statements to investigating officers.

During the initial investigation, suspected marijuana was found in a book bag located in the black Infiniti, and Alsobrooks was confirmed to have an outstanding felony violation of probation warrant.

Alsobrooks was transported by Emory Life Flight to an Atlanta area hospital.

Additional subjects were treated at the scene, with GSP obtaining their information and patient status.

Arrest warrants will be sought accusing Alsobrooks of felony charges including fleeing and attempting to elude; possession of marijuana; and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Additional misdemeanor charges against Alsobrooks include failure to stop at a stop sign; speeding; driving too fast for conditions; defective equipment – tires; reckless driving; driving on a suspended license; and disobeying a traffic control device.

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