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SUV crashes in Columbus after police chase

Christian Couch. (Source: Muscogee County Jail) Christian Couch. (Source: Muscogee County Jail)
(Credit: Matt Clegg) (Credit: Matt Clegg)
(Credit: Matt Clegg) (Credit: Matt Clegg)
(Credit: Matt Clegg) (Credit: Matt Clegg)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A high speed police chase began in Lee County on Highway 280 near mile marker 119 Thursday, February 26, and ended in a crash on Hamilton Road near Alexander Street in Columbus.

"The GMC SUV came flying up the street in front of our store, flew through the stop sign way too fast and spun out of control," said Brad Lehman, who witnessed the event. 

The older model Chevy Blazer hit the sign of a collision center before flipping into a ditch.

"I just heard a bunch of sirens and looked out the window and saw the green vehicle hit our sign, go into the ditch, flip on its side and flip back over," said Cyndi Denzik. 

Alabama State Troopers confirm 37-year-old Christian Couch was wanted by the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office for auto theft and burglary in the first degree.

He was considered an escapee after cutting off his ankle bracelet when out on bond. 

A trooper attempted to pull Couch over for speeding around 3:20 PM Central Time on US Highway 280 before he took off.

Couch led authorities on a high speed chase, weaving in and out of traffic for about 25 minutes before he eventually crashed.

Couch now faces numerous traffic violations, as well as attempted assault in the first degree, reckless endangerment and attempting to elude.

His female passenger was also taken into custody, but is not facing charges at this time.

Authorities say the chase began in eastern Alabama and went through Harris County before reaching north Columbus along Veterans Parkway. 

The crash ended in front of Jeff's Truck Tops on Hamilton Road.

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