FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. - Deputies said they a man driving erratically during the early morning hours this weekend could have ended up killing someone if they had not stopped him.
Video obtained exclusively by News Radio 106.7’s Christy Hutchings for FOX 5 News shows what Forsyth County deputies said was an impaired driver leading them on a chase, but never leaving the county, instead, the driver made U-turns and went in circles. Investigators said the driver even crashed into two patrol vehicles until deputies were able to stop him.
It started around 3 a.m. when the driver refused to stop. Three deputies gave chase and tried a PIT maneuver with no luck. Then the second deputy rammed the Dodge, but it was not enough to stop him and deputies said they could not take the chance.
"We truly feel if we allow this person who is obviously impaired, whether it be alcohol, drugs, or both, he's going to kill somebody," said Deputy Douglas Rainwater.
The sheriff’s office lost two patrol cars in this chase, but one deputy remained in pursuit and more arrived.
"He sees all the blue lights coming from different directions. I don't really think he knows he can escape of get away from us. At this point it's almost a game to him," said Deputy Rainwater.
In the end, they used spike strips and he ended up stopping exactly where the chase began.
"He wasn't trying to leave the county; he was just going in circles," said Deputy Rainwater.
The driver, Anthony Clark, was placed in handcuffs and placed in the back of a patrol car. Deputies said he was searching his pockets for drugs, but had already consumed them.
"We have an obligation to citizens of Forsyth County. If you're driving impaired and you're a danger, we'll do everything we can in Forsyth County to stop you," said Deputy Rainwater. "In this case, we crashed two of our very good patrol cars but that what it took."
Clark remained in the Forsyth County Jail as of early Wednesday evening.