Cops: Fleeing suspect stole multiple cars, caused several crashes trying to escape

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A wild, hours-long chase ended at a busy Gwinnett County intersection, after an escaped suspect stole multiple vehicles then crashed into several others trying to escape.

According to the Gwinnett County Police Department, the “significant event” ran throughout the Norcross, Tucker and Duluth areas, and finally came to an end around 3 p.m. at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Campus Drive on Thursday. 

Earlier in the day, police said the suspect stole a box truck in the Duluth area and hit a number of other cars near a Walmart. While he was in the backseat of the patrol car, police said he was able to squeeze through the cage window, hop behind the wheel of the cruiser and take off. 

At some point, the suspect abandoned the police cruise and hopped into a Ford F-150. After a while, police said he abandoned that vehicle too, and stole a Chevy pickup truck that he ultimately crashed.

11Alive SkyTracker was over the scene where the truck had overturned.

PHOTOS | 11Alive SkyTracker over the scene

Throughout the chase, police said the suspect caused up to eight other crashes. Officers said they had to perform a PIT maneuver to stop the suspect from hitting any more vehicles. The officer who performed the pit maneuver was not injured.



Police were able to catch the suspect, who is now in the hospital.

At this time, police said only one northbound lane of Peachtree Industrial is open. They are urging drivers to seek alternate routes because significant delays are expected.

Check 11Alive’s traffic page to find routes around the incident.

11Alive has a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story as details develop.

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