BLACKSHEAR — A speeding driver took a police officer on a short chase Sunday night before crashing his vehicle and then attempting to flee on foot, said Blackshear Police Chief Chris Wright.
George T. Sailem, 31, of Alma, was taken into custody after being trailed by a tracking dog. Wright said he is charged with felony fleeing, attempting to elude, driving without a license, failure to maintain a lane, reckless driving, obstruction of an officer and speeding. He was being held in the Pierce County jail.
Officer Joey Daniels was patrolling on Ware Street when he saw a white Ford Focus cross the centerline. The officer tried to stop the vehicle but he sped away at 100 mph, turning onto Oak Court and down Ware Street to Bowen Road at a high rate of speed, said Wright. He lost control of the vehicle and crashed.
“The driver then got out and ran but a canine handler was able to catch up to him,” said Wright. “He was arrested in the woods.”
Officers also discovered he was wanted on a parole warrant in Fulton County and vehicle theft in Bacon County.
“We arrested him and took him to the Pierce County jail.