Ga. State Patrol searching for suspect after escaping custody on Veterans Pkwy in Columbus

Inmate escapes from Georgia State Patrol custody on Hamilton Rd. in Columbus
Inmate escapes from Georgia State Patrol custody on Hamilton Rd. in Columbus(Source: WTVM)
Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 3:13 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2022 at 10:53 AM EDT
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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.