Camilla, Georgia--September 19, 2012
Investigators with Georgia State Patrol say the high speed chase started with a routine traffic stop in Alabama.
"The vehicle refused to stop and in the process of him fleeing, struck a law enforcement vehicle in Abbeville and then proceeded to cross Georgia Lines," said Trooper Eric Brinson with Georgia State Patrol.
Behind the wheel was 26 year-old Matthew Bozell. Bozell was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender in Florida, where he's serving probation for sexual battery of a child. The chase came to a halt, alongside Georgia Highway 37 in Camilla., Georgia.
Investigators say Bozell hit speeds over 100 MPH when he misjudged a turn and crashed into a ditch.
Employees at a nearby office said they heard a lot of commotion and came outside to see what was going on."
"The guy flipped and he was in the ditch and he knocked a couple signs over," said Carole Csenar, a Camilla resident who works nearby. "I just wanted to make sure my sign was still up out here; it's still here!"
Phillip Formwalt also works nearby. He added, ""That is very disturbing to have sex offenders out and about without being registered and knowing where they are. You have to watch out for the children. They're our future."
Trooper Brinson said he charged Bozell for driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lanes.
Bozell was treated for minor injuries at an area hospital.
Once released, he will be booked at the Clay County Jail in Fort Gaines, Georgia.
He will also face more charges in the other counties he crossed.
[UPDATE] September 19, 2012- 3:10pm
A wanted sex offender in Florida is now in custody.
He took police on an hour-long chase, before crashing into a ditch.
According to Mitchell County Sherrif's Deputies, the chase started Tuesday evening in Abbeville, Alabama and ended in Camilla, Georgia--right at the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Georgia Highway 37.
26 year old Matthew Bozell was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender in Florida, where he's serving probation for sexual battery of a child.
Authorities in Southwest Georgia say the car Bozell was driving and crashed in the chase, was stolen from Palmetto, Florida.
He was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany where he was treated for minor injuries.
Multiple units took part in the chase, including the Fort Gaines Police Department, Newton Police Department, Baker County Sheriff's Office, Camilla Police Department, and the Georgia State Patrol.
Because the chase covered multiple counties, authorities say Bozell will face numerous charges throughout Georgia.
Authorities have not yet released if Bozell has been transported from the hospital to jail yet. But they say when he is released, he will be booked at Clay County Jail in Fort Gaines, Georgia.
Camilla, GA (AP) - September 19, 2012
Fla. sex offender crashes car in Ga. police chase
Authorities in southwest Georgia say a sex offender wanted in Florida is in custody after he led police on an hour-long chase before crashing in a ditch.
WALB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/OccQc4 ) the chase started Tuesday night in Abbeville, Ala., and ended 75 miles away in the southwest Georgia city of Camilla.
Police were chasing 26-year-old Mathew Bozell, who was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender in Florida where he's serving probation for sexual battery of a child. Police say the car Bozell crashed in the pursuit was stolen from Palmetto, Fla.
The suspect was taken to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries he suffered in the crash. Authorities say he will face numerous charges in Georgia.
Information from: WALB-TV http://www.walb.com