Stolen vehicle crashes in Macon after I-75 chase

A stolen vehicle crashed near the intersection of Interstate 16 and Interstate 75 shortly before 11:30 a.m. Friday, according to Macon police.

An officer spotted the white SUV, reported stolen from Flash Foods, 997 Gray Highway, on Main Street and tried to initiate a traffic stop. The driver wouldn’t pull over, said Sgt. Melanie Hofmann, police spokeswoman.

The SUV traveled to Coliseum Drive and then got onto I-16. The officer terminated the pursuit, she said.

When the officer approached the intersection of I-16 and I-75, he saw the SUV had crashed and saw the driver run into a wooded area, Hofmann said.

The man was apprehended after a foot chase. Anthony Wayne Hawkins, 47, of Macon, is charged with theft by taking auto and traffic offenses, she said.

Traffic on I-16 west and I-75 north was reduced to one lane for about 20 minutes, Hofmann said.