BYRON -- Police arrested the wrong man in connection with a high-speed chase in Peach and Houston counties June 26.
Byron police Lt. Bryan Hunter said Clark Joseph Bell, 28, of Warner Robins, was wrongly arrested and charged with felony fleeing and attempting to elude based on a case of mistaken identity from a security video of a business near where the chase started. The charge against Bell was immediately dropped, Hunter said.
Authorities are now looking for Michael Hanks, 27, whose last known address was in Warner Robins, in relation to the chase, Hunter said. An arrest warrant for felony fleeing and attempting to elude has been issued for Hanks, Hunter said.
Bell and Hanks resemble each other enough that they could be brothers, and both know the owner of the 2004 gold Chevrolet Impala that Hanks is now believed to have been driving, Hunter said. The car was not reported stolen.
About 10 p.m. June 26, Byron police attempted to pull over the driver of the car at the Texaco at 245 Ga. 49 North near the Byron exit of Interstate 75.
He slowed as if about to stop, but then took off, Hunter said.
A Georgia State Patrol trooper joined and took over the chase, with Byron police assisting, Hunter said.
The 10- to 15-minute chase traveled south down Interstate 75 and through parts of Warner Robins.
Speeds reached 100 to 110 mph during the height of the chase, Hunter said. No one was injured.
Anyone with information about Hanks whereabouts is asked to call Byron police at (478) 956-2880.
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