A Bibb County sheriff’s deputy was watching as a man snatched a 12-pack of beer from a cooler inside a Montpelier Heights convenience store just after noon on Friday.
Ricardo Tremayne Griffin, 38, hopped in a silver Volkswagen and sped off down Montpelier Avenue. The deputy followed, lights on and sirens blaring.
Griffin showed no signs of stopping as he headed down Pio Nono Avenue. The deputy alerted dispatchers to his every turn.
The car crashed on Hillcrest Avenue, about a mile from the convenience store. It was wedged between a power-line pole and a sign for Hillcrest Industrial Park.
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No one was injured, and no other cars were damaged.
Griffin, of a Matthews Drive address in north Macon, was charged with DUI, theft by taking and fleeing from a police officer. Bond was set at $4,840.