High speed chase in Senoia ends in Brooks crash

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A high speed chase that began in Senoia and ended in south Fayette County during the nighttime hours Jan. 24 resulted in the arrest of a Fayetteville man after he crashed his vehicle into a tree in Brooks.

Brandon Ferguson, 21, was charged with defective equipment, fleeing and attempting to elude, driving while license suspended and reckless driving, according to Senoia Police Capt. Steve Tomlin.

Tomlin said the incident began at 8:24 p.m. on Jan. 24 when a city officer observed a Pontiac Grand Am traveling northbound on Ga. Highway 85 with a headlight violation and appearing to be in excess of the posted speed limit.

Tomlin said Ferguson sped up as the officer turned around in what was an apparent effort to elude. Seeing that, the officer pursued the Grand Am with lights activated while Ferguson accelerated even faster, Tomlin said.

Now in pursuit, the officer paced Ferguson at more than 100 miles per hour as his vehicle entered Fayette County. Still in pursuit, the Senoia officer followed the Grand Am onto the Ga. Highway 85 Connector where speeds again reached more than 100 miles per hour, Tomlin said.

“As the violator reached the town of Brooks, he attempted a left turn onto McIntosh Road, lost control, and abruptly struck a tree causing extensive damage to the vehicle,” Tomlin said.

Ferguson suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Atlanta Medical Center for evaluation.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash. There was no other property damage or injuries to other parties in the single-car incident, Tomlin said.