Window Tint Violation Led To High Speed Chase In Lowndes County

Courtesy of LCSO
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News Release: Lowndes County Sheriff's Office

On Wednesday evening around 11:30 a deputy assigned to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, Interstate Criminal Enforcement unit stopped a Nissan Acura for a window tint violation. While speaking with the driver, Jorge Jiminez, the deputy learned that Jiminez was wanted by the Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Office for violation of probation. When the deputy asked Jorge Jiminez to step out of the vehicle he placed the vehicle in drive and sped away. The deputy radioed for assistance and was soon joined by other deputies as the chase continued north on I-75 at speeds in excess of one hundred {100} miles per hour.

As the pursuit continued, Lowndes County deputies were assisted by Troopers from the Georgia State Patrol and deputies from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. At some point one of the rear tires separated from the vehicle causing the vehicle to slow but the driver continued to flee. Jorge Jiminez exited the interstate at Exit 41 but immediately got back onto the interstate and continued north. The chase ended near the 42 mile marker when Jiminez struck a patrol vehicle and wrecked. No deputies or Jorge Jiminez nor a passenger in the vehicle were injured.

Jorge Jiminez was arrested and taken to the Lowndes County Jail. In addition to the charges in Lowndes County, Jiminez could face charges in Cook County and a hold has been placed by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for the warrants in that jurisdiction. He will appear in the Lowndes County Magistrate Court this afternoon for an arraignment hearing where a bond will be considered. The passenger in the vehicle was released with no charges.

Jiminez, 20, has been charged with fleeing and attempting to elude, window tint violation, and interference with government property.

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