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ID sought of driver in police chase in Peach, Houston counties

WARNER ROBINS -- Byron police continued looking Wednesday for a driver who led authorities on a chase down Interstate 75 and through parts of Warner Robins.

Police attempted to pull over the driver of a 2004 gold Chevrolet Impala about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Texaco at 245 Ga. 49 North near the I-75 exit in Byron. A run of the tags indicated that the owner had no insurance, said Lt. Bryan Hunter of the Byron Police Department. The driver slowed as if about to stop, but then he took off.

A Georgia State Patrol trooper joined and took over the chase, with Byron police assisting, Hunter said.

The 10- to 15-minute chase traveled south down I-75 to Russell Parkway, then north on U.S. 41, then onto the Ga. 247 Connector/Watson Boulevard, where the driver did a U-turn and went back south to U.S. 41 and onto Osigian Boulevard.

The driver next headed down Georgetown Boulevard, to Smithville Church Road, then south on South Houston Lake Road to Leverett Road to Arrowhead Trail and into a subdivision where the driver eluded authorities.

Speeds reached 100 to 110 miles per hour during the height of the chase, Hunter said.

No one was injured.

Police have an idea of the identity of the driver and expect to issue an arrest warrant once a positive identification is made, Hunter said. The driver was not the owner of the vehicle, and the car was not reported stolen, he said.

The Georgia tag number is BIS 9773.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hunter at (478) 956-2880.

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