Albany DAWSON, Ga. — When Eddie Streeter, 35, was given the flashing blue light by a Terrell County sheriff's deputy, he decided to "go for it" rather than get a speeding citation. The ensuing high-speed chase into Albany ended with a crashed motorcycle and a string of serious charges against Streeter.
Around 11:30 p.m. Friday, Terrell County Deputy Sheriff David Smith clocked Streeter doing 81 mph in a 55 mph zone, Smith said. He said he signaled Streeter to pull over. Instead, Streeter ignored the signal and pulled away at a high rate of speed, he said.
Smith said he pursued Streeter on U.S. Highway 82 into Lee County, Dougherty County and Albany, clocking Streeter's speed as high as 147 mph on the open road.
"I knew I couldn't outrun him anyway," Smith said, "and for safety reasons I backed off from the chase, just keeping visual contact from a distance."
Smith said that during the chase, appropriate law enforcement agencies were notified. According to Smith, Streeter nearly collided with a truck near the intersection of Westover Boulevard and Dawson Roads. Near Lake Park Drive and Dawson Road, the biker spotted several police cars and turned to elude them. Streeter lost control of his motorcycle and crashed at Dawson Road and Whispering Pines Avenue, Smith said.
"He actually tried to get up from the ground and elude the scene on foot," Smith said, "but he was taken into custody by the Georgia State Patrol."
According to Smith, Streeter was transported to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries, mostly to his hands and arms. Smith said Streeter faces in charges in Terrell County, including speeding, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and attempting to elude law enforcement. Smith said other charges may be pending from Lee and Dougherty County authorities. A records search revealed that Streeter has an outstanding warrant against him in Lake City, Smith said.
"(Streeter) called me the next day asking about his bike," Smith said. "He apologized to me then for not pulling over at my signal. He said he didn't know what came over him, but know he realizes he would have been better off just to take the ticket."