Man arrested after leading Monroe County deputies on a chase
Deputies say they spotted 26-year-old Milton Brown III speeding while weaving in and out of traffic.The sheriff’s office’s public information officer tells 41NBC Brown was driving a black Mercedes with large chrome rims and dark tinted windows.
Authorities say Brown drove 140 miles per hour, and at times 110 miles per hour in the emergency lanes, while trying to elude police.
“Dispatched advised that they notified Lamar and Butts County that we were heading toward their counties,” said Monroe County Deputy Jones in his report. “As we approached mile marker 198 High Falls Road exit, Deputy Powell joined in the pursuit and attempted to box the vehicle in. Deputy Powell was unsuccessful due to erratic lane changes made by the driver.”
The deputies then used a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) maneuver which caused Brown’s car to crash.
“The vehicle spun right and struck a guardrail,” added Deputy Jones. “[The car] then flipped several times before coming to rest on its roof under the Colwell Road bridge overpass in Butts County.”
Deputies noticed what was described as “a strong odor of gasoline.” It was pouring out of the rear of the vehicle, according to Jones.
“They knocked out the front passenger window pulled out the front passenger, who was a female,” said PIO Allison Selman-Willis. “She informed them that her two children were also inside the vehicle. Our deputies did find a two year-old child and a six-month old child buckled into the back seat.”
The deputy said no one in the car appeared to be injured, with the exception of minor scratches.
The woman in the car has been identified as Ke’Ondra Shinholster. She, along with her children, were taken to Monroe County Hospital to be checked out.
Brown is facing several felony and misdemeanor charges, including two counts of 2nd degree cruelty to children, three counts of reckless conduct and fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and driving with a suspended license.
“We searched the vehicle but were unable to find anything in the vehicle illegal in nature,” added Jones.
The incident remains under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.