A car chase that started in Monroe County and ended in Macon on Saturday resulted in the capture of a man who allegedly kidnapped and raped a woman in south Georgia.
The chase started at about 11:30 a.m. when a deputy attempted to stop a speeding vehicle on Interstate 75, said Monroe County Sheriffs Lt. Brad Freeman. The driver refused to stop, and proceeded south until getting off the interstate in Macon.
The chase ended up in the Tindall Heights area, where the driver left the vehicle and fled on foot while the vehicle was still moving. He was captured by Macon police officers and turned over to the Monroe County deputies for arrest.
The car he was driving, a 2010 Nissan Altima, was stolen from the woman he allegedly raped.
The suspect, Charles Tyson Heard, 42, turned out to be wanted in Berrien County on charges of kidnapping, rape, auto theft, armed robbery and false imprisonment. He is also suspected in a shooting in Adel.
Berrien County Sheriffs Investigator Kyle Lightsey said deputies were called to a home in Ray City at about 5 a.m. Friday. Heard had been staying there with a man whom he allegedly tied up along with a woman who was visiting the residence. He allegedly raped the woman then left with her in her car.
The woman escaped later Friday after Heard allegedly shot a man in Cook County. According to the Valdosta Daily Times, the shooting victim was recovering at the South Georgia Medical Center.
According to a Monroe County Sheriffs Department release, the chase covered 23 miles. It started at mile marker 181 when Heard was clocked at 97 mph. The release stated Heard is facing a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm in Cook County. In Monroe County he will be charged with felony fleeing and attempting to elude, felony obstruction and reckless conduct.
To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.