A Thomaston man is out on bond after leading law enforcement on a three-county chase that ended in Spalding County.
Jamel Keenen Perrigen, 27, is facing charges of reckless driving, fleeing from police officers, improper lane change, hit and run, and DUI-combined substances.
According to a Jan. 7 Lovejoy Police Department incident report, Clayton County dispatch requested officers in the area to be on the lookout for a tractor-trailer after several callers advised they were almost run off the road by the vehicle, which was being driven erratically on Tara Boulevard.
Officers began pursuing the tractor-trailer after observing the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and switching lanes. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the tractor-trailer drove off the road and around the police vehicle and other vehicles before continuing to travel south on Tara Boulevard.
Officers continued to pursue the tractor-trailer and gave commands for Perrigen to stop, but officers stated he continued to drive recklessly and at speeds too fast for the rainy conditions. The vehicle continued to swerve from lane to lane, forcing smaller vehicles off the roadway.
As traffic began to slow down for a red light in the area of the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Perrigen’s vehicle collided with a Honda Accord, but Perrigen continued to drive, officers report.
“Based on the size of the vehicle, the roadway conditions and his reckless driving, Mr. Perrigen caused a major safety risk to the motoring public, thus the assistance of Georgia State Patrol and Spalding County law enforcement was requested to assist us in bringing the vehicle to a stop,” the LPD incident report states.
Because the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and the Griffin Police Department had completely blocked U.S. Highway 19/41 in the area of Vineyard Road, officers were able to surround Perrigen’s vehicle and order him out of the vehicle.
Perrigen was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Clayton County Jail. He was released on bail Saturday.