ALBANY, Ga. -- Investigations are ongoing regarding an early morning hit and run as well as a fraud case from last month, with officers from the Albany Police Department still searching for parties connected to both.
While traveling on Palmyra Road at around 12:50 a.m. on Monday, reports indicate that an officer attempted to make a traffic stop on the driver of a 2002 black Mercury Mountaineer suspected of driving under the influence for not maintaining a lane.
For some unknown reason, the driver reportedly pulled into the parking lot of WFXL-TV Fox 31 and then drove off the cliff facing Palmyra Road. The driver continued north on Palmyra at a high rate of speed, got into the curve, lost control and then struck a utility pole at Palmyra and Schley Avenue, said Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the APD.
The driver and possible passenger reportedly then jumped out of the vehicle and fled the scene.
Officers were continuing their search for the two in the vehicle on Monday. No description of either person was available as of Monday evening.
Meanwhile, the APD is looking for someone suspected of being connected to a fraud and entering auto case from last month.
Lawrence Dewayne Thomas Jr., 21, is 5-feet-6-inches tall and weighs 142 pounds. His last known address is 2906 Autumn Ave.
Thomas is wanted for entering auto and financial transaction card fraud. On March 19, someone broke the driver's side window of a 2006 Chevrolet Impala on the 300 block of Station Crossing Drive -- and a wallet and cell phones were reported taken, Albany police officials say.
A debit card from the wallet was used the same day at the Flash Foods located on the 2800 block of Old Dawson Road, police said.
Anyone with information on the case can call Albany CrimeStoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or the APD at (229) 431-2100.