2 men arrested for drugs after car chase, manhunt

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

August 24, 2007

THOMSON, Ga.---Two men are in jail after a traffic stop in Greene County turned into a dangerous high speed chase down I-20 last night.

Drugs and guns were found in the car. One man was taken into custody after the chase, and another man was captured around 6 o'clock this morning. Five counties and three state agencies hot on his trail all night.

It all started around 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon in Greene County, with a routine traffic stop. The car took off speeding down I-20.

According to officers on the scene, the blue Lexus with South Carolina tags sped down the interstate headed eastbound from Greene County.

Georgia State Patrol says they put stop sticks out at mile marker 160, but those failed when the car almost hit the highway patrolman. He was injured as he was jumping out of the way trying to escape the car. The car kept going, until being stopped by a second set of stop sticks at mile marker 168.

The two men jumped out of the moving car in McDuffie County at mile marker 168 around 3:30. One was arrested shortly after running. The Greene County Sheriff's Office identified him as 28-year-old Jeremy Vereen.

Choppers and bloodhounds tracked the other suspect through the dense woods off the highway near the Three Points Road area and the Cedar Rock Road area.

Shortly before 11 o'clock last night, GSP says the suspect approached a man outside of his Cedar Rock Road home and asked for water. After getting the water, he moved 100 yards down the street and saw a woman outside her home. GSP says he approached her with a hammer and demanded she take him to the Thomson Wal-Mart. The victim ran inside and her husband called 911. Officers have secured the scene and have gone door to door warning residents about the manhunt.

GSP says they picked up the other man, now identified as 25-year-old Lonzel Vereen, after he tried to use the pay phone at the UPS Distribution Center at Highway 80 and I-20 to call someone from Aiken to pick him up. Officers set up a perimeter around the center and caught him trying to break into a truck.

Ten officers, including GSP, Warren County deputies, and McDuffie County deputies were involved.

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