Deputies tell story of high-speed chase - CBS46 News

Deputies tell story of high-speed chase

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A woman who led police on a wild chase through two counties remains behind bars.

Samantha Barrett, who appeared in court Thursday morning, is charged with attempting to elude an officer, child cruelty, reckless conduct, and driving on a suspended license. 

The deputies in the middle of that heart-pounding chase told CBS Atlanta what it was like in the heat of the moment.

Samantha Barrett led Georgia State Troopers along with deputies from Henry, Bartow and Butts counties on the chase, investigators said.

The wild scene began around 12:30 p.m. Thursday when police issued an Amber Alert.

Barrett took off with the car of her friend, Kristen Howard.

Howard's son, 8-month-old William Kaydin Stover, was in the backseat.

Barrett, at times, reached speeds of 100 miles an hour, investigators said.

Deputy Marlin Moultrie, with the Butts County Sheriff's Department, caught the dramatic video on his car's dashboard camera as he and other officers raced to rescue the child.

"All I could think of was getting ahold of that kid," Moultrie said. "Anybody who'd jeopardize an 8-month-old child, trying to run from police, something is not right."

Lt. Jason Taylor deployed spikes to flatten Barrett's tires, which only slowed her down.

"She had no intention of stopping," Taylor said. "You're wanting to stop the chase. You want to bring it to an end as quickly as you can, knowing if you allow it to continue, there's that many more people she can possibly hurt. Including herself and the child."

A Georgia State Trooper eventually rammed Barrett to get her to stop.

Barrett jumped out of the vehicle and ran, after the car she was driving clipped a utility pole.

Sgt. Matthew Vaughan and Moultrie chased Barrett on foot and caught her.

"I knew once she got out of the car there was going to be a foot pursuit," said Vaughan, who placed Barrett under arrest.

"She didn't say anything, she just basically went limp," Vaughan said.

The trooper rescued the baby.

No date has been set for Barrett's next court appearance.

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