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Suspect: High-speed chase like video game


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A Georgia man was arrested after police say he led them on a high-speed chase that reached speeds of 110 mph and stretched across 40 miles.

James Thornburg, 26, Savannah, Ga., was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and causing endangerment and resisting law enforcement.

The pursuit began after a Bartholomew County sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a vehicle about 3 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 65 on suspicious of drunken driving, Deputy Sheriff Maj. Todd Noblitt said.

The vehicle did not stop and instead pulled off at the Taylorsville exit and pulled into a nearby fast-food restaurant.

The vehicle drove through the drive-thru lane, let a passenger out of the vehicle and then sped north on U.S. 31, Noblitt said.

The pursuit went into Johnson County, but the driver turned around and headed south again, reaching dangerously high speeds, Noblitt said. Columbus police officers put out stop sticks, and as the tires on the vehicle deflated the vehicle slowed down.

The chase still continued south into Jackson County. The vehicle headed west on State Road 50, and then turned into a drive-thru lane in a fast-food restaurant where Thornburg placed an order before he was arrested, Noblitt said.

A test showed Thornburg’s blood-alcohol level was .16 percent, or twice the legal limit. Thornburg told police that the chase was like a video game, Noblitt said.

Thornburg was arrested and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, where he was held on $20,000 bond.

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