One arrested as result of pursuit, motor vehicle crash
by Whitley Clifton | November 6, 2019 6:29 pm
by BILL CAHILL AND WHITLEY CLIFTON
On Monday, November 4, an Emanuel County sheriff’s deputy was patrolling the area of North Main Street and East Church Street when he observed a vehicle failing to yield at a right-of-way, almost causing a crash at the intersection. The attending deputy made an attempt to initiate a traffic stop using emergency lights, yet the driver ignored the signals and continued travel, not stopping at an upcoming stop sign. It was then the deputy initiated his sirens and the driver continued to flee.
Emanuel County 911 was then notified by the deputy of the current pursuit that continued onto East Pine Street with the driver erratically driving on both sides of the roadway. The driver attempted to turn on Norwood Avenue but was unable to do so as the deputy used his patrol car to block the intersection. The chase continued on East Pine Street as the driver continued to flee, reaching speeds of 82 MPH.
As the chase continued from said location, the offender ran the stop sign at the intersection of Highway 56 North and Canoochee Road. The pursuit continued onto Canoochee Road, surpassing speeds of 105 MPH.
During the high-speed chase, the driver lost control of the vehicle after striking the brush guard of the deputy’s car in an attempt to not strike an oncoming driver and rolled over off the shoulder, striking several trees.
As the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver pried the door open and attempted to escape on foot but was tased after refusing to abide orders given by deputy.
The offender, Douglas Gerod Franklin, 21 of Modoc Road, was then apprehended and placed under arrest.
During an inventory performed, marijuana was located inside of the vehicle as well as two digital scales and other belongings.
On the driver, an amount of $406 was located prior to him being transported to the Emanuel County Jail. Upon arriving at the jail, it was learned the offending driver was found to have an active warrant for failure to appear.
Responding to the crash were Emanuel County EMS, sheriff’s deputies, county firefighters from Swainsboro, and Swainsboro police officers.
The crash was investigated by troopers from Post 19 of the Georgia State Patrol.