Man arrested after leading police on chase involving stolen car

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Police have arrested a man who led them on a car chase Tuesday afternoon. WTVM was also the only news outlet on the scene after the incident happened.

According to Lieutenant Clyde Dent with the Columbus Police Department, the incident began shortly after 2 p.m. Two officers were on Moon Road enforcing traffic violations when they observed a car driving by with three blown tires and smoke coming out of the vehicle. The officers then observed the car turn Eastbound into the Westbound off ramp against the flow of traffic.

They made an attempt to drive down the other off ramp with the flow of traffic to try to stop the vehicle. The vehicle traveled back across the center median over to the Eastbound lane and back into the median where it came to a stop. The suspect then jumped from the car attempting to flee from the officers.

One of the officers jumped from his motorcycle and injured his leg, and another officer also injured his leg. One of the officers has been transported to the Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers have also determined that the car driven by the suspect was stolen.

"Could have turned out a lot worse, especially since the vehicle was traveling against traffic running 65 to 70 miles per hour, so it turned out good there were no serious injuries involved with this," Lt. Dent said.

The male subject was placed in custody and transported to the Medical Center to be checked out. Once he is released from the hospital, the suspect faces multiple charges and will be placed in the Muscogee County Jail.

Officials said there was also a female who fled from the vehicle that they understand might have been picked up from another vehicle and taken from the scene.

This is a developing story, and we will continue to update as more details become available.

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