Monday, June 01, 2009

Dashcam Video Shows Chase, Crash


ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Police have released dashcam video of a high speed chase Sunday that led to a fiery crash.

Authorities said it all started when Milton police spotted a stolen black Cadillac Escalade.
Stolen SUV Chase Ends In Fiery Crash

Alpharetta police, who have a partnership with Milton police, said the SUV was taken during a home invasion robbery at about 7 a.m. on Club Court in the Enclave at the Golf Club of Georgia subdivision. Authorities said the area is known for its million-dollar homes.

Alpharetta police said three masked men broke into a home and stole electronics.
Then, authorities said, the same gunmen went to another nearby home, broke in and were confronted by the homeowner. Police said the family was held at gunpoint while the men stole TVs, jewelry and cash.

“The family was held at gunpoint for 30 minutes,” said Alpharetta police representative George Gordon.

Police said two of the gunmen fled in the homeowner's black Cadillac Escalade, while another trailed behind in what appeared to be a personal vehicle. The family was not hurt. “We’re grateful that this ended the way it did,” said Gordon.

Police said the suspects, identified as Jamal Grier Damarkus, 18, and Demarcus Graham, 21, both of Atlanta, led authorities on a 25-mile chase down Georgia 400, hitting speeds in excess of 120 mph.

RAW VIDEO: Alpharetta Police ChaseDIANA DAVIS: Police Chase Ends In Crash

“They thought Sunday was going to be a slow day for police, but we’re let it be known that we are fully staffed all the time,” said Gordon.

Police said the suspects later crashed the vehicle at the intersection of English Avenue and Bankhead Highway in northwest Atlanta, where it burst into flames.
“They lost control … hit an iron fence,” said Gordon.

Investigators said the third suspect was still at large Monday and police were closing in on his whereabouts.

“This robbery group was well organized …they’ve done this type of crime in the past,” said Gordon.

When asked whether the long chase put other drivers in danger, Gordon responded “We’re going to chase them and make them face justice. Our officers are trained in this particular type of driving.”


Anonymous said...

You could not pay me enough to go after thugs like that. Good job guys!

Anonymous said...

We can live in denial, or we can face reality that crime and home invasions are on the rise in this area due to the failing economy. I have lived here my entire life and never ever have I locked my doors, now, different story. Milton better get ahead of the game and hire more police officers to patrol. The City needs to pull it's head out of the sand and be proactive.

Anonymous said...

Nah, we've just lowered the speed limit and that will result in a reduction in such crimes, just like when Atlanta changed Stewart Ave to Metropolitan Blvd, crime disappeared.

Anonymous said...

It's Metropolitan Parkway, not Blvd!
With the prison there, you'll be safe!

Anonymous said...

"With the prison there, you'll be safe!"
Only a dumb#@* would make such a statement.

Anonymous said...

Too dumb to understand sarcasm and wit?

Anonymous said...

They rob our homes for money and loot and we drive home intoxicated from a concert or dinner and get into a fatal accident. Are we that different? It's all about choice, and, either way, it's a crime.