ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. - The Rockdale County Sheriff's office released dash cam video of a high-speed chase that ended in a fiery crash and the arrest of the suspect.
"He was definitely trying to get away from us," said Rockdale County Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. Michael Camp.
Camp said it began last Thursday when Dep. Jason Heyman spotted a Jeep Grand Cherokee weaving along Interstate 20. The driver was later identified as Alshura Frazier of Columbia, South Carolina.
When Heyman attempted the traffic stop, Camp said Frazier took off, starting the high-speed chase.
The pursuit left I-20 at Sigman Road and continued until it reached Rockdale Industrial Boulevard. Deputy Mason West joined the chase, and his dash cam showed Frazier losing control in a curve and flipping the Jeep. The video also showed West and Heyman rushing over to rescue Frazier after the Jeep caught fire. West kicked out the front windshield and the two of them hauled Frazier from the vehicle.
"Even with their adrenaline pumping, wanting to get the guy, they still got up there and did their job to save his life," said Camp.
West cut his wrist open while pulling Frazier from the burning Jeep.
Investigators said they found a sock full of $6,400 in seven rubberband-tied stacks. They also said they found packages of air fresheners and soap scattered around the car including the spare tire wheel well. According to investigators, drug couriers will often use air fresheners to attempt to mask the odor of drugs. Camp said investigators brought in a K9, and, while he didn't find any drugs, did smell some on the money.
"I-20 is a big corridor for drugs," said Camp. "It runs into I-95 and all the way into Alabama and way out west. So definitely a possibility he was involved in something more than he should've been involved in."
Frazier remains at Grady Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He is facing a host of charges including reckless driving and fleeing and eluding police.