ATLANTA - A dramatic police chase unfolded live on Channel 2 Action News on Thursday afternoon.
The chase started at a shopping center in Fayetteville, headed up Interstate 85, then snaked through roads in south Fulton County before it ended on an Interstate 20 westbound ramp in southwest Atlanta.
“It was a pursuit that had been going on for a while, and we knew that we needed to end it,” Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Kendrick Lowe said.
Authorities followed the car for at least half an hour before the chase ended.
“I was scared and amazed at the same time,” witness Doug Schaupp told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas.
He and Chris Neese got a close-up view of the chase as it passed them on a residential street in northwest Atlanta.
“He was driving real reckless in a 20 mile an hour zone too, so I didn't know what to expect from him,” Neese said.
Fayetteville Police Detective Mike Whitlow said officers were following suspects in a carjacking. Police believe the suspects dumped off a stolen car in Fayetteville and then, carjacked a woman at gunpoint outside a Kohl’s store and took off.
Police believe Yolanda Young was the first carjacking victim. She said a teenager jumped her as she left a discount mall, put a gun to her head and took her money.
"He clicked the gun, 'I will kill you,'" Young said.
News Chopper 2 flew over as a Georgia State Patrol trooper forced the car off the road to end the pursuit on the ramp from Martin Luther King Drive to I-20.
Two 16-year-olds and a 14-year-old were taken into custody as at least a dozen police cars descended on the area. Two of the teens are from Atlanta, and the third from DeKalb County. GSP troopers, along with Atlanta police and Fayette County deputies were at the scene. One suspect was on the ground as an arrest was made.
All three have been charged as adults with armed robbery, aggravated assault, theft by taking motor vehicle and fleeing and attempting to elude. Police said gang charges are also expected to be filed.
The ramp was blocked during the incident, and Channel 2’s Jason Durden warned drivers to avoid the I-20/Martin Luther King Drive area during rush hour.