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3 charged after street racing activity leads to chase, crash in Atlanta

(JAROMIR CHALABALA | Envato Elements)
Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 5:06 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Three people are facing charges after street racing activity led to a police pursuit and crash Friday night in northeast Atlanta.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, troopers from the Nighthawks North DUI Task Force were notified by the Atlanta Police Department Aviation Unit of street racing activity on Rock Springs Road Friday at 11:15 p.m. As troopers arrived, they observed the intersection of Rock Springs Road and Piedmont Avenue was shut down by street racing participants. They saw a silver Pontiac G8 spinning and doing donuts in the middle of the intersection and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled initiating a pursuit. As the driver began to flee, a street racing observer ran into the roadway and was struck by the Pontiac G8, but then fled on foot from the area. 

The pursuit traveled to Monroe Drive near Monroe Place where the driver lost control and struck a black Mercedes head-on. A trooper performed a successful PIT maneuver and the driver and two passengers were taken into custody without further incident. 

GSP says the driver of the Mercedes complained of minor injuries but was not transported to the hospital. The driver and the passengers of the Pontiac G8 were not injured, however, they were transported to an area medical center for evaluation before being released to the Atlanta City Jail.

The driver was charged with felony fleeing, reckless driving, reckless stunt driving, hit and run, and no insurance; and both passengers were charged with obstruction.