COWETA COUNTY, Ga. - It has been a busy week for the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office after two high-speed chases in just three days. Deputies said one involved a carjacking suspect and the other a man who was suspected of his third DUI. Both cases ended in a crash and an arrest.
t started early Monday morning when a Coweta County deputy tried to pull over a Ford F-150 pickup. The driver does not appear to ever stop and then, no mistaking, he has no intention of stopping as he drives into a subdivision and around a cul-de-sac and back out on the main roads. The driver then sped through a busy intersection and all the while the deputy is ticking off the infractions.
Eventually, the driver jumps onto Interstate 85 with speeds reaching over 100 miles an hour, according to the deputy's body camera.
Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol join the chase and successfully perform the PIT maneuver.
When the driver gets out, he does not so much run, as tries to walk away. Deputies used a stun gun to bring him down.
Deputies identified the driver as 29-year-old Michael Joseph Diedolf. The sheriff’s office confirmed he was driving on a suspended license after his second DUI conviction. Along with the high-speed chase, Diedolf is charged now with his third DUI. As of Thursday evening, he remained in the Coweta County Jail without bond.
In a second high-speed chase this week, Coweta County deputies arrested a carjacking suspect wanted in Douglas County. Donta Thomas, 21, crashed an allegedly stolen car during the pursuit for him.
Thomas was turned over to Douglas County authorities, but is facing charges in Coweta County as well for the chase.