ATLANTA,None - A police chase through Atlanta during the heart of rush hour ended when the suspect's car lost control and slammed into a wall.
News Chopper 2 showed Georgia State Patrol officers in pursuit of the Buick through Buckhead and downtown Atlanta on the Downtown Connector about 5 p.m. Monday. Officers told Channel 2's Ryan Young that the chase started when the officer tried to make a routine traffic stop when he noticed the driver did not have his seat belt on.
The car swerved through lanes, barely avoiding other cars, often driving on the emergency lane or the HOV lane.
The driver exited the Downtown Connector onto Langford Parkway heading west toward East Point and appeared to increase his speed, video showed. The driver swerved to avoid traffic, ran off the road onto the shoulder then lost control, spinning sideways across the lanes and slamming into the concrete divider.
Police told Young that speeds in the chase topped 100 miles per hour.
Channel 2 Action News reporter Craig Lucie spoke with a woman who arrived at the scene and said she watched her boyfriend destroy her car live on the news. When asked why he would have her car, she responded, "I have no idea. He wasn't supposed to be driving."
The woman did not want to give her name, but said her boyfriend's name is "Sanchez." Police later identified the driver as Sanchez Tenny, 24.
The man was taken from the car and placed on a stretcher. Officers said he was taken to Grady Hospital with minor injuries.
Police also told Young the man was wearing a uniform for a private security firm which they initially thought was an Atlanta Police jacket.
"We felt this guy was a threat. He treid to ram one of our police cars involved in an accident, and we felt the need that we had to get him stopped," said Capt. Vickie Logan of the DeKalb County Police Department.
Sanchez is charged with aggravated assault on police, obstruction, felony fleeing and eluding, violating the super speeder law, reckless driving, improper lane change, failure to maintain lane, stop sign violations, driving on a suspended license and driving with an open container.
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