• I-85 reopens after armed teens led officers on high-speed chase, police say

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    All lanes on Interstate 85 are back open after Coweta County sheriff deputies took two teenage suspects into custody.

    A Coweta County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson confirmed to Channel 2’s Tyisha Fernandes shots were fired following a high-speed chase.

    A viewer sent Channel 2 Action News cell phone video of deputies taking one of the suspects into custody. Deputies could be seen in the video searching for the other suspect. 

    The incident started in Newnan when police responded to a car break-in at a fitness center. The victim was able to track his stolen iPad to a Lowe's parking lot where officers responded.

    A car took off and led officers on a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph. Police said Coweta deputies used spike strips to slow the car down before it struck a guardrail. 


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    A Newnan officer used a Taser on one of the suspects while the second ran across eight lanes of traffic and a barrier wall before he escaped into the woods.

    "Prior to entering the woods, the suspect held the firearm up as if to shoot, so two Coweta County Deputies fired their pistols. After nearly 1 ½ hours of searching, the second suspect was found hiding under a woodpile approx. a quarter mile in the woods.  That suspect still had a firearm with him but no further incidents took place while placing him in custody," Newnan police said in a statement.

    No one was injured during the chase. Since the deputies fired shots, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was consulted but is not investigating at this time.

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