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High speed auto chase ends in arrest

ALBANY, Ga. -- It began as an attempted routine traffic stop, progressed to a crash at Gillionville Road and Slappey Boulevard and ended with a special maneuver by a Georgia State Trooper.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, Quincy Smith, 35, was clocked at 73 mph on Gillionville Road at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday. Trooper Robert Corbin chased the speedster, officials say, watching him crash his vehicle into a car at Gillionville and Slappey.

Smith then weaved at a high rate of speed east on Oglethorpe Boulevard. When Smith's vehicle blew a tire at Oglethorpe and Radium Springs Road, Corbin pulled his patrol car behind and to the side of Smith's vehicle and performed the PIT maneuver, or Precision Immobilization Technique, designed to stop escaping vehicles from the rear.

According to the GSP, in executing the PIT, Corbin would have placed the front tires of his vehicle roughly in line with the back tires of Smith's vehicle, brought the patrol car gently into contact with the back of Smith's car then turned abruptly to force Smith's vehicle to a different direction and bring it to a stop.

The maneuver was successful, officials said, and Smith was apprehended and sent to the Dougherty County Jail.