Woman fleeing police is ejected from her car in a Peach County crash

Single car accident snarls interstate traffic in Byron

A single-car crash briefly closed all lanes on Interstate 75 northbound in Bryon Thursday.
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A single-car crash briefly closed all lanes on Interstate 75 northbound in Bryon Thursday.

A woman being chased by police was reportedly ejected in a single-car crash on Interstate 75 in Peach County on Thursday afternoon.

The chase started in Perry about 1:45 p.m., when a police officer spotted a woman driving an Excursion with a Virginia license plate.

Just before that, some folks working at the old Ford Dealership on Sam Nunn Boulevard had called 911 to report a suspicious woman driving a car of the same description, Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Craig Smith said.

“I’m not sure exactly what took place there other than there was some type of exchange between this woman and the workers,” Smith said. “They felt this woman wasn’t right so they called 911 to report whatever issues this person was having.”

A trooper saw that the car was not stopping for Perry police, so “the trooper got involved and they got on the interstate,” Smith said. “The vehicle was eluding law enforcement officers at a high rate of speed and the trooper felt it was necessary, in the interest of public safety, to perform” a maneuver used to stop cars.

The SUV “started rolling down the interstate,” Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese said.

The car landed upright in the northbound lanes of I-75, just south of the Ga. 49 exit where Peach County deputies had been waiting to help in the pursuit.

The woman was seriously hurt and taken to a Macon hospital for treatment.

“She didn’t look real good,” Deese said. “She was in real bad shape when they loaded her into the ambulance.”

The identity of the woman was not released.

Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said the woman was driving a 2004 Ford Expedition.

Laura Corley: 478-744-4334, @Lauraecor