BLACKSHEAR — A man and woman who were soliciting drugs from people in the Dairy Queen parking lot here Monday afternoon were injured at the end of a police pursuit that the man initiated, said Blackshear Police Chief Chris Wright.
Wright said Arthur Knowlton, 71, of Blackshear, led police on a 10-minute chase before crashing his vehicle into a tree which injured Knowlton and his passenger and fellow suspect, Holly Rhoades, 33, of Waycross.
They were taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross for treatment of their injuries, said Wright.
Detectives with the Blackshear-Pierce County ACE (Accelerated Criminal Enforcement) Unit received a call advising that two people were trying to purchase drugs from others in the parking lot. Wright said a detective in plain clothes approached the couple and they asked him if he had any drugs for sale.
At that point, Wright said, the detective introduced himself as an officer of the law and the man sped away west down Highway 84.
Wright said the fleeing Knowlton turned onto Bob Bowen Road and drove through several fields, hitting a number of fences and ruining growing crops.
“At one point he was cutting doughnuts in the field,” said Wright. “As he got close to the road, he lost control of the vehicle and it hit a tree.”
Wright said charges are pending as the investigation continues.