As of Saturday, April 6, 2013
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ALBANY, Ga. — When a driver ignored an attempted traffic stop last Monday and went on to crash the car and escape on foot, police launched a search for the driver’s identity.
According to Albany Police Department spokeswoman Phyllis Banks, Demetria Harris has now been charged with reckless driving, driving while license suspended, fleeing or attempting to elude police, failure to maintain lane, no insurance and use of a license plate to conceal or misrepresent a vehicle identification.
Police officials reported Monday that after refusing a police signal to pull over, the driver of a black 2002 Mercury Mountaineer entered the parking lot of Fox 31 Television on Stuart Avenue and proceeded to drive off the embankment facing Palmyra Road. The driver then continued north on Palmyra at a “high rate of speed” before losing control and striking a utility pole at Palmyra and Schley Avenue, officials said. The driver and a “possible” passenger then left the vehicle and fled on foot, police said.
Banks said that a tip from a concerned citizen provided information that Harris was the driver of the Mountaineer. Harris was arrested Saturday without incident, officials said.
After an interview at the Law Enforcement Center, she was transported to the Dougherty County Jail.