A man who was trying to outrun the long arm of the law early Saturday and crashed in Brantley County now appears to be in a lot of legal trouble, according to the charges brought against him by the Georgia State Patrol.
Jonathan O. Hartley, 25, of Brunswick, has been charged with DUI refusal (he refused to take a breath 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, said Donna Dismuke, Georgia State Patrol Waycross post secretary.
Hartley was driving a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup truck that had been reported stolen in Waycross, said Dismuke.
Sgt. Lisa Bowen, a trooper with the Waycross post, while in pursuit of the truck, negotiated a successful PIT (precision immobilization technique) maneuver to bring the vehicle to a halt. The truck then crashed on the South Georgia Parkway after crossing the median and entering the westbound lanes of travel.
A passenger in the runaway vehicle, Fantacy Jayne Bliss, 28, of Blackshear, was slightly injured in the crash that occurred at 15 minutes after midnight Saturday morning. Dismuke said she was taken by a Brantley County ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment.
Bowen was eastbound on the South Georgia Parkway, pursuing the truck that was fleeing. Dismuke said Bowen was in the inside lane while the fleeing truck was in the outside lane. The trooper’s car bumper struck the left rear quarter panel of the truck, causing the driver, Hartley, to lose control.
Dismuke said the truck began to spin in a counterclockwise motion for 93 feet and entered the median. The truck continued to spin for another 168 feet through the median and into the inside westbound lane where it came to a stop.
Sgt. Bowen was not injured in the crash and neither was the speeding driver, Dismuke said.
Cpl. Josh Taylor was in charge of investigating the crash and incident.