Macon Man Dies in Bass Road Crash After 100mph Police Chase

10:49 PM, Dec 16, 2012   |    comments
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The Georgia State Patrol says a driver died early Sunday after leading troopers on a 100-mph chase.

They say it started around 1:30 a.m. when a trooper tried to stop a speeding SUV on Interstate 75.

They say the driver, 27-year-old Herbert Bruce Simpson III, did pull over. But once the trooper got out of his car, they say, he took off, going over 100 mph.

He led officers on a chase through a construction zone, according to a release, then left the highway at Bass Road in north Bibb County.

The State Patrol says they then used what is called a PIT maneuver -- precision immobilization technique -- to force Simpson to stop. That's usually done by a police cruiser tapping the right-rear side of a suspect's vehicle, forcing it to spin out.

The state patrol says the SUV went off the road and flipped. Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says Simpson died at the scene. He said the man lived at 140 Senora Place, Macon.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday at the GBI crime lab in Macon.

13WMAZ asked Gordy Wright, Director of Public Information for the Georgia Department of Public Safety, why the state patrol officer used a PIT maneuver to stop Simpson.

He said, "The rolling road block was not available, he was the only unit involved, the stop sticks were not available since there were others en route to assist him but were not in the area. You also had a vehicle that was moving toward a heavily populated area so the pit maneuver was an option there and the trooper had to take action to end the pursuit." explained Wright.


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