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Carjacking suspect in custody after car chase


  • By Clay Neely
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  • May. 10, 2017 - 10:42 PM

A man wanted for carjacking in Douglas County is now in custody following a high-speed pursuit that ended in Arbor Springs early Wednesday morning.

Around 2:30 a.m., Deputy John Hubbartt with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office observed a black Honda Pilot minivan with a headlight out traveling southbound on Interstate 85 around mile marker 53, according to Chief Deputy James Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

After the van failed to pull over for the deputy’s blue lights, a chase ensued and the vehicle eventually left the interstate at exit 51 and headed west on Hwy 154 towards the Arbor Springs subdivision, Yarbrough said.

During the pursuit, the van allegedly ran over a fence and several mailboxes in the neighborhood before striking a tree. The driver allegedly fled on foot while the two underage female occupants remained inside the vehicle.

The driver, identified as Donta Thomas, was captured after a brief manhunt and complained of arm pain. One passenger suffered several broken ribs and a collapsed lung, while the other suffered a broken finger in the wreck, according to Lt. Keith Addis.

All three were transported to Atlanta Medical Center to be treated.

Thomas, 21, of Atlanta, was not armed at the time of his arrest and there was no contraband found inside the van, allegedly reported stolen out of Fulton County.

After being released from the hospital, Thomas was taken into custody and transported to the Douglas County Jail due to outstanding warrants for carjacking in Douglasville, Yarbrough said.

Traffic charges from Wednesday’s incident are pending and the two juvenile females are not facing charges.

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Clay Neely: clay@newnan.com, @clayneely