Macon police officer Josh Sanderson was on his way home at about 3 a.m. Friday when a driver nearly hit his patrol car at the Spectrum station on Spring Street. Twenty minutes and nearly twice as many miles later, he placed under arrest two people in a white 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage that was smoking on the side of Interstate 16 after a high-speed chase of up to 100 miles per hour.
Clayton Man Gibson Jr., 44, of Reynolds, was charged with reckless driving, eluding police and driving on a suspended license, according to a news release from the Macon Police Department.
Pricilla Lynn Parker, 32, of Fort Valley, was charged with permitting an unlicensed driver to drive, the release stated.
The eastbound chase on I-16 ran up to exit 18 at Bullard Road in Twiggs County where the driver exited the highway, changed direction and started heading back toward Bibb County as smoke started coming out of the car as it began to lose speed.
The car stopped near mile post 6, and Gibson and Parker were taken into custody at about 3:30 a.m. Deputies from Twiggs and Bibb counties assisted in the chase and arrests.