The chase ended in the right lane of I-75 near the Cherokee-Cobb County line.
COBB COUNTY, Ga. —
A police chase reached speeds of more than 100 mph across multiple metro Atlanta counties Thursday.
The chase ended when the getaway driver slammed into the rear of a Canadian horse trailer slowing for Interstate 75 traffic as it entered Cobb County, deputies said. They said the suspect was driving a stolen Jeep Cherokee.
The three Canadian race horses were headed for re-training and retirement in central Florida. The trailer was being driven by Michael Smetaniuk, who told Channel 2’s Ross Cavitt he knew nothing about the police chase.
“I just thought we blew a tire so when we jumped out. I saw everybody try to get the guy out of the car,” Smetaniuk said.
Deputies identified the suspect as 34-year-old Thomas Madrie, a wanted man in Bartow County for probation violation and family violence charges.
Deputies said Madrie led them on a 10-minute chase when a deputy spotted him in the stolen car. The chase ended in the right lane of I-75 near the Cherokee-Cobb County line.
Everyone involved, including the horses, is OK.
“There was a big wall separating the back wall of the trailer, so it didn't even touch the horses,” Smetaniuk said.
Madrie was hospitalized for minor injuries, having left the totaled Jeep a bit bloody. Another crew was called to pick up the horses.
“Thought I’d seen it all, you know, but that's a first for me,” Smetaniuk said.
Once released from the hospital, Madrie is facing a slew of charges from Bartow deputies and Cartersville police.