A Waycross man driving under the influence with a 2-year-old child in his vehicle crashed on Session Hill Lane while fleeing from law enforcement officers at speeds of up to 100 mph, said the Georgia State Patrol.
Miraculously, said Donna Dismuke, GSP Waycross post secretary, neither the little boy nor the man was injured in the crash.
Joseph Demetrius Smiley, 22, driving a GMC Terrain, was spotted driving more than 100 mph on Ware Street Extension, and he tried to get away from Trooper Jeremy Downey when Downey blue-lighted him, said Dismuke, making numerous turns and running several stop signs.
As Smiley turned onto Session Hill Lane from Watson Street, the vehicle went out of control, ran off the south edge of the pavement for 167 feet, then struck a utility pole, breaking the pole in two.
Dismuke said the vehicle then came to rest on top of the bottom portion of the pole.
Smiley jumped out and ran on foot, leaving the toddler, Theron Collins, in the car, said Dismuke.
Trooper Gentry Mattox joined Trooper Downey and began a foot chase of Smiley as Downey also made a quick check to see if the child was OK, which he was, Dismuke said.
Smiley is charged with speeding, DUI, possession of prescription drugs not in their original container, possession of marijuana, endangering a child, violation of the open container law, reckless driving, hit-and-run, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to maintain a lane, multiple stop sign violations, obstruction and hindering a law enforcement officer and reckless conduct, said Dismuke.
Downey was in charge of the 12:50 p.m. Monday accident investigation.