High speed chase ends in Columbus neighborhood

Photo by: Fred Parks
Photo by: Fred Parks

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | e-mail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A high speed chase, originating in Phenix City, ended in a quiet Columbus neighborhood off Whitesville Road.

Thimblewood Way resident, Patricia Abell told News Leader Nine, "I came and looked out the window and I saw an SUV and a motorcycle up beside it."

"As soon as I pulled in my car port I heard the police sirens come into the neighborhood and as soon as I turned around there was a police SUV in the middle of the street and an overturned motorcycle," added neighbor Fred Parks.

Police told News Leader Nine the chase started near the Frederick Douglas Apartments in Phenix City after a burglary. That's when 31 year old Johnathon Vass lead officials into this subdivision on his motorcycle and took off running into a wooded area.

Parks said, "I didn't see any big damage to it. It looked like somebody tried to get off without hurting themselves and took off in the back. A lot of officers looked like they were searching for someone."

And they eventually found Vass where he was arrested near Mobley Road.

"The police were here for an hour and a half and the tow truck came to get the motorcycle and they all left," recalled Parks.

This is an event that definitely took neighbors, like Patricia Abell, by surprise "We very seldom see police cars out here. It is very quiet."

"That was very exciting today, but I'll probably never see it again," added Parks.

Police tell News Leader Nine Vass is in custody at this time. He is facing a misdemeanor charge for obstructing Columbus Police Officers and Phenix City Police are currently issuing warrants for additional charges. You can count on News Leader Nine for all the latest development in this story.