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2 Arrested After Vehicle Chase in Bulloch Co.

Two men were arrested by Bulloch County law enforcement following a vehicle pursuit.

The Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office says it started just after 8:30 p.m. on January 20th.

Corporal Dustin Lanier and his K9 partner, Pike, attempted to stop a black Ford Mustang after observing the vehicle run a red light at Highway 301 South and Langston Chapel.

From the press release:

The vehicle then fled down multiple roads in the county and city. When this pursuit was initiated this particular vehicle matched a description involving a possible murder suspect from another jurisdiction. The vehicle was last observed on Clito Road by a Statesboro P.D. Detective. The vehicle was finally found abandoned on Franklin Road at Sassy’s Lane.

K9s searched the area along with the assistance of GSP Aviation, but could not locate the suspect, identified as Marvin Simmons.

The Ford Mustang was stolen out of Atlanta. Simmons was determined not to be suspected in a homicide, however, there were multiple firearms in the vehicle and a Glock handgun was thought to be missing from the vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The subject was later found around 4:15 a.m. when Sgt. Jody Deal stopped a white Dodge Challenger on Clito Road. A family member, Melvin Simmons, had just picked Marvin Simmons up and, following a brief foot chase, both subjects were arrested.

Sheriff Brown in the news release thanked his deputies for their determination in locating Simmons, especially “Sgt. Jody Deal and Deputy Ken Kelley whom confronted and arrested the offenders before they were able to escape.”

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Statesboro Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol while the Portal and Brooklet Police Departments assisted in answering emergency calls while deputies were setting up search perimeters and scouring the area earlier in the evening. The Portal and Brooklet Police Departments assisted in answering emergency calls when all of our Deputies were tied up with perimeter and search duties. Sheriff Brown also offered praise for the Sheriff’s Communications Center and Bulloch County 911 Center, which “gave accurate and timely information during this incident which aided in locating the offender.”

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