CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. – A Camden County Sheriff’s Office was injured but will be OK after a high-speed chase lasting nearly 30 minutes and spanning more than 40 miles early Wednesday morning.
The chase started in McIntosh County, Georgia when a police officer clocked a vehicle speeding over 121 mph going south on Interstate 95 just after 3 a.m. Wednesday.
The officer attempted a traffic stop, but the driver did not, instead turned off his headlights and drove faster, reaching 150 mph. Stop sticks were deployed on 95 in Glynn County, but the vehicle still did not stop.
At 3:30 a.m., just before mile marker 1 in Camden County, a Camden County Sheriff’s Deputy deployed a pit maneuver on the vehicle being pursued. Police said the preliminary crash investigation shows the vehicle bounced off the guardrail and hit the Camden County Sheriff’s Deputy’s vehicle, flipping the police vehicle several times, according to Georgia State Patrol, GSP.
The impact from either the deputy’s vehicle or the suspect’s vehicle also hit an unoccupied broken down vehicle that was parked on the side of the interstate. The abandoned vehicle burst into flames, according to police.
The Camden County Deputy was taken to Shands Hospital with injuries. The deputy suffered a fractured knee and other minor injuries but will survive. The driver of the vehicle being pursued was unharmed, according to GSP.
When officers approached the crash, he was seen trying to light a cigarette. He was arrested, taken to the hospital, and then booked into the Camden County Jail.
Police identified the driver as Olorsor Larose, 35. GSP said Larose was a person who had been reported missing out of Pennsylvania. A note in the missing person’s report said Larose may be mentally unstable and in danger of committing suicide, according to a GSP Trooper.
Camden County Sheriff's Office released the mugshot for Olorsor Larose, 35. Police said Larose led officers on a high-speed chase through McIntosh, Glynn, and Camden Counties @wjxt4 pic.twitter.com/4UWTpK9sC5— Emily Boyer (@Wjxt4EmilyBoyer) January 7, 2021
The preliminary investigation shows officers did not find Larose had any additional reason to evade police, saying other than reckless driving, Larose was doing anything else that was illegal. He was also seen throwing items out of the car as officers chased him on Interstate 95, but items that were recovered were not illegal to possess, according to GSP.
The chase and crash elicited a massive response from first responders and I-95 southbound was shut down for several hours from 3 a.m. to before 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The Darien Police Department, McIntosh Sheriff’s Office, Camden County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, and Camden County Fire Rescue all responded to the crash scene and chase.
In Camden County, Larose is charged with two felonies, including being a fugitive from justice and aggravated assault, and three misdemeanors including speeding, reckless driving, and fleeing police.
Larose is expected to be transferred to McIntosh County Jail and faces additional charges in their jurisdiction. News4Jax is working to get more information.