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Police chase traffic violator, cyclist dies amid pursuit

By Daniel Silliman and Joel Hall

dsilliman@news-daily.com

Allegedly speeding away from police, an Oldsmobile Aurora crashed into a motorcycle, crushing the bike, catching on fire and killing a 54-year-old man.

James Monroe Segrest, of Jonesboro, died Thursday at about 8 p.m., on Ga. Highway 54.

Police arrested Lance E. Locke, 23, driver of the red, 1995 Oldsmobile, and charged him in connection with the death. He is facing allegations of first degree vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, a red light violation, fleeing and evading police.

Locke was on probation for a felony in Henry County at the time.

The 23-year-old man was seen speeding south on Interstate 75, according to police. He exited in Morrow, near the Southlake Mall, and headed south on Highway 54, said Sonya Sanchez, police department spokeswoman.

When an officer attempted to pull him over for reckless driving, Locke sped up, weaving through traffic and leading police in a pursuit, Sanchez said.

The accident occurred near the intersection of Citizens Parkway and Highway 54. The front end of the Oldsmobile struck the motorcycle, came up over the back and landed on top of Segrest, igniting immediately, Sanchez said.

The roadway was shut down for more than four hours.

Locke reportedly got out of his car and ran away from the burning wreck, but was arrested after about 20 feet.

In court on Friday, Locke was denied bond.