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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A high speed chase across several counties ends after the suspect crashes in a residential neighborhood.

News Leader 9 was the only news crew on the scene Tuesday afternoon when authorities say 20-year-old Montracious Harris crashed a small black car after fleeing the scene of a suspected home burglary.

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones reports a resident on Lee County Road 959 called police around 2:30 p.m. CT after reportedly seeing Harris and another man loading property into a car.

When officers tried to stop the car, the suspects took off towards Highway 280, Sheriff Jones says.

The pair allegedly sped down Highway 280 into Phenix City where Harris reportedly lives. Officials say they took a quick left onto HWY 80 onto Summerville Road. Then, they reportedly jumped on JR Allen Parkway taking Exit 6 towards Woodruff Farm Rd.

During the over 20 mile trek from Smith Station to Columbus, Sheriff Jones says the pair threw a television from the car.

Authorities say the chase topped speeds of 135 mph and lasted more than 20 minutes before the suspects crashed into a brick mailbox on Gleason Avenue in Columbus.

Officials say Harris and the unknown passenger tried to flee the scene; Harris was apprehended and a gun was allegedly found on him. The second suspect jumped from the car and escaped, fleeing between homes.

At this time, his whereabouts are still unknown.

Jones says he believes the pair could be involved in a string of home burglaries.

Harris was taken to a Columbus hospital for injuries. He will be treated and transported to the Muscogee County Jail where he will be extradited back to Alabama.

Harris is facing multiple charges. His traffic related charges include aggressive driving, failure to maintain lane, failure to obey traffic control device, improper passing, reckless driving, speeding, and yield-sign violation.

He is also being charged for carrying a weapon without a license, fleeing an officer, possession and use of drug related objects, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, theft by bringing stolen property into state, and theft by receiving property stolen in another state.

A Lee County Sheriff Deputy also crashed his cruiser on Woodruff Farm Rd responding to the scene. Sheriff Jones reports he was not actively involved in the chase.

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