Spike strips stop I-75 driver after high-speed encounter

Staff reportDecember 19, 2013 

Authorities used spike strips Thursday to stop a driver who was weaving through interstate traffic at excessive speeds.

Drivers on Interstate 75 began calling the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office before 2 p.m., saying a black sports car was traveling more than 100 mph and weaving erratically through traffic on Interstate 75 south near mile marker 185, according to a release from the department.

Sheriff’s deputies tried to pull over the 2013 Mercedes. The car slowed to 65 mph at one point but would not stop, and it continued drifting between lanes and into and out of the emergency lane.

Near the Pate Road overpass, deputies used spike strips to stop the car.

Its left front and rear tires were damaged. The driver sped up to 94 mph as the tires and rims disintegrated. The car eventually wrecked just inside the Bibb County line, in the interstate median, at mile marker 171.

The driver of the Mercedes, Robert Magbee, 27, of Atlanta, was removed from the wrecked car and taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia for treatment.

He was charged with failure to maintain his lane, reckless driving, speeding (94 in a 65 mph zone), littering a highway, fleeing and trying to elude a law enforcement officer, and driving under the influence of drugs, according to the sheriff’s office.

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