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Man ejected from SUV in highway crash during Athens police chase; officer struck his vehicle


ATHENS, Georgia — Police in Athens say a man was ejected from his rolling SUV after an officer struck the vehicle with his patrol car to end a highway chase.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports ( ) authorities Sunday tried to pull over a black Ford Explorer after receiving a report that it was being driven by a man wanted on an outstanding warrant for stalking.

Athens-Clarke County police Sgt. Jim Peden says the SUV driver evaded a roadblock maneuver by pulling into oncoming traffic on Highway 29. He says because the fleeing motorist was endangering other drivers, an officer struck the Explorer's rear quarter panel — a move intended to make the vehicle spin out and stop.

The Explorer started rolling and ejected the driver. His name and medical condition were not immediately released.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald,

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