A man who took lawmen on a vehicle chase into Brantley County on a recent Saturday before the stolen pickup truck he was driving was “pitted” by a law officer on the South Georgia Parkway outside of Hoboken has now been charged by Waycross police with theft by taking of a vehicle, said Waycross Police Lt. Scott Rowell.
Jonathan O. Hartley, 25, of Brunswick, was delivered to the Ware County jail by Brantley County officers Tuesday to face the local charges, said Rowell.
Hartley was already facing charges by the Georgia State Patrol of DUI refusal (he refused to take a breathalyzer test), speeding, theft by taking (the truck he was driving had been reported stolen), failure to maintain a lane, aggravated assault (he tried to strike two deputy cars), fleeing and attempting to elude, driving with a suspended license and failure to obey traffic control devices, according to a report from the GSP.
The truck, a 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck, had been reported stolen in the 1700 block of the South Georgia Parkway in Waycross on Friday, Feb. 6.
A pit maneuver by GSP Sgt. Lisa Bowen the following morning (about 30 minutes past midnight) caused Hartley to crash the truck just east of Hoboken. He was taken into custody at that time and placed in the Brantley County jail. Rowell said he was in the Ware County jail this morning.
A passenger was not charged. She was slightly hurt in the crash.