Three juveniles are being questioned about a burglary after the pickup truck one was driving crashed into two cars and another truck, injuring all three other drivers one afternoon last week.
Island officers were observing the bluish green Dodge pickup when the 16–year–old driver noticed two marked police cars in the area and sped away. The truck sped west on Delesseps Avenue toward Waters Avenue where it swerved onto the grassy lawn of O’Reilly Auto Parts, struck a hedge and swerved back into the street to wedge itself between two cars and a utility pole. The collision caused one of the cars to strike a work truck in front of it.
Drivers of both cars were transported to hospitals with non–life threatening injuries. The driver of the work truck from South Carolina was not transported.
The three occupants of the pickup fled on foot.Officers caught the driver and 15– and 12–year–old accomplices. A pistol and a small amount of illegal drugs were found in the pickup.Two officers received minor injuries in the foot chase.
The driver of the pickup is charged with driving on a suspended license, no license on person, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, felony fleeing to elude, driving too fast for conditions, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, improper transfer (of tag), no registration, two felony counts of obstruction of an officer and two misdemeanor counts of osbtruction of an officer.Additional charges could be added against him or the other juveniles as detectives probe the burglary report and the ownership of the pickup truck which bore the license plate of a different vehicle.
Officers had observed the pickup driving through neighborhoods near Skidaway Drive after the burglary report and backup units were saturating the area when the truck sped through a parking lot and onto Delesseps.
Earlier, a witness reported seeing a truck of that description in the lane behind a house in the 1400 block of East 53rd Street and seeing the driver get out, kick in the back door and enter. Police found the house ransacked but had not determined if anything had been taken.
• The body of a white male believed to be in his 40s or older was spotted by college students one afternoon last week in front of Dyson House near West Oglethorpe Avenue and West Boundary Street. He was dressed in dark shorts and shirt with tennis shoes. Responding officers recognized him as a homeless man they have seen in the area.
• A woman was arrested after using her car to strike one woman and sideswiping the vehicle of another woman she’d been fighting.
Brittia Alaina Dilbert, 18, surrendered to police who had been searching for her after the fight and collision on McKenzie Place in west Savannah. She was charged with four counts of aggravated assault.
Dilbert had accused two women, age 18 and 19, of damaging her car earlier on a college campus. She located the women on McKenzie Place and a fight began in the street between as many as five women.
After the fight, Dilbert turned her car around and drove toward three of the women and a 5–year–old child.