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Valdosta woman suffering from mental condition not charged after police chase

A Valdosta woman was returned to her family after Bibb County sheriff’s deputies put down spike sticks and conducted a rolling roadblock in order to get her to pull over, authorities said.

The woman failed to move over a lane as required by Georgia law for a Peach County sheriff’s deputy who’d stopped another motorist along Interstate 75 in Byron at 6:52 p.m. Thursday, said Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese. A Byron police officer then attempted to pull over the woman, according to the Byron police report. The woman did not respond to the patrol vehicle’s sirens or motions from the officer to pull over, so the spike sticks that are designed to deflate tires were put down, according to the report.

The woman swerved to miss the first spike sticks, and the second spike sticks deflated the passenger side tires of her 2006 Toyota Corolla, the report said. The woman slowed to a stop just south of the I-75 and Interstate-16 split after the second set of spike sticks as a Bibb County deputy conducted a rolling roadblock, the report said. The woman’s speed during the incident ranged from 60 to 70 mph, the report said.

Once pulled over, it was obvious that the woman was disoriented, Byron Police Chief Wesley Cannon said. Her family was contacted, and it was learned the woman was suffering from a mental condition and was going to have to be institutionalized, according to the police report.

Authorities returned the woman to her family and no charges were filed, Cannon said.

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