High-Speed Chase at Florida-Georgia Border Ends in Arrest

By: LCSO Release
By: LCSO Release

Lowndes County - March 7, 2012 -

On Tuesday, March 6, Deputy Casey Cope observed a white-in-color Toyota Scion traveling south on Interstate 75 near the eleven {11} mile marker in excess of ninety {90} miles per hour. Deputy Cope attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver refused to stop and attempted to speed away. The vehicle registration was checked and it was learned that the car had been reported as stolen to the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia. Deputy Cope, and other assisting deputies, followed the car across the Florida state line at speeds in excess of one hundred {100} miles per hour. Once in Florida, the driver exited the interstate into the parking lot of the Florida Welcome Center and then attempted to re-enter the interstate but lost control wrecking the vehicle. The driver, Justin Patrick Carey, who was not injured in the crash, was arrested by deputies from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

During investigation by the deputies it was learned that Justin Carey was also wanted by the California Department of Corrections for a violation of his parole.

Arrest warrants will be issued in Lowndes County and following an extradition hearing in Hamilton County, Justin Carey will be returned here from Florida. No specific date is set for that hearing as of yet.

ID Data: Carey, Justin Patrick
23 years old
Eucalyptus Avenue
Encinitas, California

Pending charges: Bringing stolen property into the state – Felony
Fleeing and attempting to elude - Felony
Speeding - Misdemeanor
Reckless driving – Misdemeanor

The accompanying arrest photograph was provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

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