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Man accused of high-speed chase in Houston and Peach counties arrested

WARNER ROBINS -- The suspect in a high-speed chase in Peach and Houston counties June 26 was arrested Thursday, police said.

Michael Hanks, 27, whose last known address was in Warner Robins, was arrested by Warner Robins police based on a tip, Byron police Lt. Bryan Hunter said in a text. Hanks was charged with felony fleeing and attempting to elude.

About 10 p.m. June 26, Byron police attempted to pull over the driver of the car at the Texaco at 245 Ga. 49 North near the Byron exit of Interstate 75. He slowed as if about to stop, but then took off, Hunter said.

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 Interstate 75 and through parts of Warner Robins.

Police initially arrested the wrong man in connection with the chase based on a case of mistaken identity from photos pulled from the Texaco surveillance video, Hunter said.

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