Douglasville burglary, police chase caught on camera

by: Carl Willis Updated:


DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Dramatic moments marked the end of a police chase caught on camera.

he Douglasville Police Chief Chris Womack told Channel 2's Carl Willis the four suspects led police on a dangerous chase early Wednesday morning.

"Now it seems like the bad guys' (mode of operation) is to endanger any of the public that they can just to get us to back off so they can escape," said Womack.

Womack said the silver sedan was spotted leaving a burglary scene on Douglas Boulevard.

The police dashboard camera shows the suspects driving in the oncoming traffic lanes in a desperate attempt to get away from pursuing officers.

"Unfortunately for them, it was 3 in the morning, no traffic on the road, but they stayed in oncoming lanes of traffic the entire time they had the opportunity," said Womack.

The video ends with the suspects’ vehicle rolling at least two to three times before coming to a rest upside down.

The suspects are accused of breaking into Sound Proof Car Stereo.

Store owner Larry Weaver told Willis his surveillance cameras caught one of burglars hurling a brick over and over at reinforced glass in the front door.

"I didn't think they'd ever get through that glass, but I'm glad it took them as long as it did," said Weaver.

Weaver said he's glad because the burglars stayed just long enough for police to arrive in the area and start the chase.

At one point in the video, an officer performs the "PIT" maneuver, bumping the car and causing it to roll.

Two people were taken into custody.

Two others were able to free themselves from the wrecked car and escape.

"They're probably pumped up on adrenaline," said Womack. "Running for their lives, so to speak, and a lot of times when you get that kind of adrenaline rush, your body is able to do things you wouldn't normally be able to do."

"It's kind of scary because any time I see a car flip over multiple times, I'm like wow, how did anyone survive that?" said Weaver.

Womack said several package stores have been burglarized in the area in recent days.

Police have not tied the suspects in this case to any of those break-ins.