Ga. State Patrol searching for suspect after escaping custody on Veterans Pkwy in Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Law enforcement is searching for a suspect that escaped from Georgia State Patrol’s custody on Veterans Parkway in Columbus.
According to officials, on Sept. 26, around 1 p.m., a trooper attempted a traffic stop on a truck for a violation, but the driver refused to pull over, which started a chase.
The driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the brick porch of a church.
Following the crash, the suspect attempted to run away from law enforcement. However, he was caught and placed in the trooper’s car after a short chase on foot. The trooper then walked away from the vehicle to retrieve a bag containing a firearm that the suspect threw out during the pursuit.
When the trooper returned, the suspect had escaped from the vehicle.
Georgia State Patrol says the suspect is identified as 40-year-old Charles Quintin Barnes. He has not been apprehended. The initial stop was for a seatbelt violation.
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