3 burglars crash after chase in F'ville, arrested after brief manhunt
It was quite a lunchtime spectacle in Fayetteville Wednesday after three Clayton County burglary suspects wrecked their car at the intersection of Ga. Highway 85 and Banks Road when they were being pursued by Clayton County police, according to Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah.
The three fled the car on foot but were apprehended within minutes, as a number of Clayton County units were assisted by their brethren from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the Fayetteville Police Department in the ensuing manhunt.
Police found a gun inside the suspects’ vehicle, Sheriff Hannah said. The three were fleeing from a burglary in progress call reported in Clayton County, as they left the Rivers Edge subdivision on County Line Road, then north on McDonough Road, east on Ga. Highway 54 and then left onto Banks Road, Hannah said.
The swarm of law enforcement created quite a scene in the normally docile lunchtime hour in Fayetteville. At one point police acted on a tip that one of the suspects was seen hiding under a vehicle in the Chick-fil-A Dwarf House parking lot, but it proved unfounded.
Two helicopters joined in the manhunt with eyes from above, including Hawk 1 from the sheriff’s office.
The occupants of the car struck by the burglary suspects were evaluated by Fayette County emergency medical personnel.