Three men injured in crash after trying to elude deputy

Three men were injured in a Saturday morning car crash after they attempted to elude a Dodge County deputy, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

A deputy clocked the men’s 1997 Buick traveling at 86 mph in a 55 mph zone as they traveled north on the Ga. 27 bypass just before 8 a.m.

The deputy performed a traffic stop, but the driver, 41-year-old Leonard Earl Mitchell Sr. of South Carolina, would not comply with instructions to get out of the car, according to the release.

Instead Mitchell sped off, leading the deputy into Eastman on Ninth Avenue and onto Congo Lane. Mitchell lost control of the car as he crossed Edna Moore Road and the car spun into a parked tractor-trailer in a yard on Congo Lane, according to the release.

Mitchell was airlifted with head injuries to The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

His passengers, 20-year-old Leonard Earl Mitchell Jr. of Eastman and 19-year-old Malcolm Galimore of Dublin, were taken to Dodge County Hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

The elder Mitchell is facing numerous traffic charges.

The younger Mitchell is charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana and is wanted on a North Carolina parole warrant, according to the release.