A Waycross man was arrested by Ware County Sheriff’s Office deputies Wednesday after the suspect drove at a high rate of speed through a residential area of the city, said Ware County Sheriff’s Lt. Neil Skerratt.
Dominick Etheridge, 37, of the 1400 block Quarterman Street, was charged with speeding, stop sign violation and attempting to flee or elude officers and was found to be on federal probation so his probation officer was contacted, Skerratt said.
Deputy Michael Ray observed a red car traveling at a high rate of speed that failed to stop at the intersection of Carswell Avenue Extension at the South Georgia Parkway, Skerratt said. Ray activated his car’s lights and initiated pursuit.
The vehicle continued on Carswell Avenue reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph in a 45 mph speed zone, so Ray was not able to continue the chase, but he followed as closely as he could, Skerratt said.
Ray later re-engaged the pursuit on Augusta Avenue before the driver, a black male, abruptly stopped, exited the vehicle and tried to flee on foot through a wooded area.
Sgt. Johnny Walthour, who had joined the pursuit, caught up with the suspect, commanding him to get down onto the ground, Skerratt said.
Etheridge was arrested and taken to the Ware County jail.