Arrest warrant issued for suspect out on bond in Columbus police chase that injured two officers

Arrest warrant issued for suspect out on bond in Columbus police chase that injured two officers
Quardarrius Strong, wanted for murder (Source: Muscogee County Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - An arrest warrant has been issued for the driver of a vehicle that led police on a chase that ended in a head-on collision and left two officers injured.

The suspect, Quardarrius Strong, is currently out of jail on an own recognizance bond, which means he was released from the Muscogee County Jail without having to pay bail. As a soldier in the U.S. Army, the condition of Strong’s release was that he stay confined to Fort Benning.

Strong is charged in the murder of Ronnie Brooks Jr. that took place in February 2019. He was released on his own recognizance in July 2019.

Police say an officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle at Ashley Station Apartments. While investigating, the driver of the car, later identified as Strong, suddenly sped off, striking an officer and leading to a chase. The chase ended in a head-on collision on a bridge on 13th St.

CPD officials have confirmed that an arrest warrant is out for Strong in the chase. He is expected to be arrested once he is released from the hospital. He will face charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, obstruction of a police officer and several traffic charges.

Fort Benning officials released the following statement confirming that Strong is on Active Duty with the U.S. Army, saying

We can confirm that Sgt. Quardarrius Strong is on Active Duty and assigned to Fort Benning. He was not confined to quarters. We are aware of Sgt. Strong’s murder charges and have fully cooperated with law enforcement officials during the legal process to ensure all pretrial requirements are met. Sgt. Strong’s chain of command maintains accountability for his daily activities and accompanied him to required court hearings. Sgt. Strong’s actions and charges are not aligned with the Army’s values.

Two others were arrested and charged in connection to the incident. 24-year-old Anthony Wilcoxson and 19-year-old Alexis Colon. The second officer was injured while arresting these two suspects.

Wilcoxson is charged with felon in possession of a firearm and obstruction. He has been released from the Muscogee County Jail. Colon is charged with obstruction of a police officer. She is still being held in the Muscogee County Jail.

Both officers have been treated and released from the hospital.

Anthony Wilcoxson & Alexis Colon, arrested in connection to crash that injured two officers
Anthony Wilcoxson & Alexis Colon, arrested in connection to crash that injured two officers (Source: Muscogee County Sheriff's Office)

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