Driver flees on foot after high-speed chase

Willie James Bush is charged with a number of violation during a high-speed chase Thursday evening. (Special photo)

Willie James Bush is charged with a number of violation during a high-speed chase Thursday evening. (Special photo)

ALBANY — Troopers of the Georgia State Patrol are asking for help in finding a man who eluded them in a high-speed chase Thursday night. According to Senior Trooper Darryl Benton, Albany Post 40, the troopers had set up a child safety seat checkpoint at the intersection of Radium Springs and Red Bud roads. Benton said that about 8 p.m. the troopers observed a black 2006 Chevrolet Equinox attempting to make a U-turn to avoid the checkpoint.

Benton said he then proceeded to make contact with the driver of the Equinox, causing him stop the vehicle. A license check identified the driver as Willie James Bush, Benton said, who was instructed to park his car on the side of the road and to walk to a nearby patrol car. According to Benton, Bush then drove away at high speed in an attempt to elude the troopers.

Benton said troopers chased Bush down Radium Springs Road to Oakridge Drive, where a failed precision immobilization technique, or “PIT,” was attempted to stop Bush’s vehicle. Bush continued to Holly Drive and then Georgia Highway 300, Benton said, traveling north in the southbound lane. According to Benton, Bush then exited back onto Oakridge Drive headed the wrong way for the lane he’d entered, then proceeded west on Oakridge where a second PIT was executed, striking the back edge of Bush’s vehicle with a GSP patrol car, causing the Equinox to spin around.

Benton said the fugitive’s vehicle “turned over several times” before landing on its top. Bush got out through the broken rear window and fled on foot, Benton said.

GSP officials say Bush is charged with obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers, fleeing or attempting to elude, reckless driving, driving on wrong side of road, failure to maintain lane and driving on suspended license, no seat belt, failure to stop at red light and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Anyone with knowledge of Bush’s whereabouts is asked to call the GSP at (229) 430-6585.