A Newnan man accused of stealing his own car is behind bars after a police chase.
Jacob Alexander Whitehurst, 44, is charged with fleeing from police, reckless driving, theft by taking, no proof of insurance, burglary, criminal damage to property and driving with suspended registration.
On Sept. 18, police were called to a local wrecker service on Greenville Street after an employee noticed that the gate was damaged and a 2006 Kia Optima was missing. Not knowing who took the car, it was entered as stolen by police.
Later that day, a Coweta County deputy saw a car traveling on Highway 154 that matched the description of the stolen vehicle from the impound lot. The car stopped at a local gas station and the deputy was able to confirm the car was the same stolen vehicle.
When the car resumed traveling on 154, the deputy attempted to perform a traffic stop on the car near Coweta Industrial Parkway, but the vehicle veered into oncoming traffic to turn left onto Highway 29.
After a brief pursuit, the deputy was able to perform a PIT maneuver on the vehicle, which disabled the car, according to the police report.
The driver, identified as Whitehurst, was taken into custody where he was medically cleared before being processed into the Coweta County Jail. He’s being held on a $9,550 bond.
A different towing company currently has his car, according to police.