Nearly 100 Mile Truck Chase Ends in Midtown

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Police and Troopers corner truck in Atlantic Station parking deck.

The truck driver that led multiple police agencies on a nearly 100-mile long chase from Macon to Midtown Atlanta has been identified.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Benard Mageto Monyoncho, 26, of Robbinsdale, Minnesota, was Monroe County Jail on Tuesday following the chase. He was charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, felony fleeing and attempting to elude, open container of alcohol violation, DUI, reckless driving, littering, and not exercising due care when operating a motor vehicle.

The chase started when someone saw a truck driving erratically near Macon in Bibb County. A responding deputy tried to pull over the truck, but the driver wouldn't stop. Troopers took over the chase when it reached Interstate 75. By then the truck had two blown out tires. It slowly drove through six counties, finally getting off the highway in Midtown Atlanta.

Going only 5 miles per hour, the driver circled the streets around Atlantic Station. He was seen throwing things out of the window. It was later determined those items included his commercial driver’s license. The driver made a mistake when he tried to turn into a parking deck that was way too low for the tractor. Troopers and Atlanta Police officers then cornered the truck, and moved in for the arrest.

The driver didn't put up a fight as he was taken into custody.

No injuries were reported during the incident.