ATLANTA — A 17-year-old driver died after leading a Georgia State Patrol trooper on a chase and flipping after a PIT maneuver on Thursday night, according to the Department of Public Safety.
DPS said the teen driver, Terrell Smith, was in a stolen Dodge Ram truck when the chase began on Whitehall Street in Castleberry Hill just before 7 p.m.
According to the department, Atlanta Police requested assistance from GSP, and a trooper from GSP Post 47 responded.
After the trooper tried to initiate a traffic stop, DPS said Smith "initiated a pursuit" onto I-20 West.
"Between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and H.E. Holmes Drive, the trooper performed a PIT maneuver causing the vehicle to strike a guardrail and overturn," a statement said.
Smith was pronounced deceased at the scene.
A 16-year-old passenger, who is not being identified, was taken into custody by Atlanta Police and will face charges related to the stolen vehicle, DPS said.