UPDATE: Macon teen charged for leading deputies on high speed chase
According to the sheriff’s office, the chase ended on I-75 north near the Walnut Street overpass.
Investigators initially went to a home in South Macon to look for a possible check fraud suspect. Deputies tell 41NBC the suspect attempted to cash a a check that was not valid at Kevin’s Check Cashing on Pio Nono Avenue around 10 a.m. The owner tried to keep the suspect at the store, but he ran away and left his ID at the store.
While looking for the check fraud suspect, investigators saw a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier sped off from the area. They tried to perform a traffic stop, but the car refused to stop. The sheriff’s office says deputies chased the car for several minutes until the car spun out, hit the median, and two patrol cars.
The sheriff’s office tells 41NBC the driver, 17-year-old Elijah Simmons, got out of the car and ran away from the scene. Simmons eventually turned himself into the sheriff’s office. Authorities say he has nothing to do with the initial check fraud investigation.
There were two passengers inside Simmons’ car, including a one-year-old girl. The passengers and deputies were sent to the hospital with minor injuries. They are expected to be okay.
Simmons was arrested. He’s charged with fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, aggressive driving, and cruelty to children. He is booked in the Bibb County jail on a $10,400 bond.
The sheriff’s office is not releasing any other information in the check fraud investigation at this time.