Long County, GA – A Long County deputy died in the line of duty early Thursday morning as he was assisting with a vehicle pursuit.
The incident began in Ludowici when a Ludowici police officer spotted a motorist blowing through stop signs around the city at approximately 3 a.m., WTOC reported.
The officer attempted to stop the driver, who subsequently sped off down Highway 57 towards McIntosh County.
Along the way, the Long County deputy joined the pursuit.
As they raced down Highway 57, approximately one mile from Tibet Road, the deputy lost control of his patrol vehicle, WTOC reported.
The cruiser left the roadway and crashed into the woods, coming to rest approximately 100 feet into the wood line, WJCL reported.
The deputy was rushed to Liberty Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
His identity has not been released.
Investigators have since located the suspect’s abandoned vehicle on Gobbler Lane in McIntosh County, WTOC reported.
Another crash appeared to have happened at that location, but the suspect has not been located.
The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office has dispatched a K9 to help track the driver, WJCL reported.
Investigators are also waiting for a warrant to be issued so they can search the vehicle and nearby property.
“It’s just unfortunate that this happens when people fail to stop for law enforcement and anytime anyone loses their life in the law enforcement field, it’s a tragedy and it’s just a bad thing for the county of Long County today,” Georgia State Patrol Troop Commander Captain Thornell King told WTOC.
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