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Truck chase suspect denied bond

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

An Albany man is being held in the Fulton County jail without bond after he allegedly stole a tractor-trailer cab in Union City Tuesday and led police on a six-county chase, with the driver hanging on to the back of the truck.

Fulton County Magistrate Judge Sylvia McCoy denied bond to Milo Banks, 27, Wednesday, according to Tracy Flanagan, public affairs officer for the Fulton County Sheriff's Office.

Banks allegedly stole the truck after finding it unlocked, with the engine running, in the parking lot of the Shannon Crossing Shopping Center on Ga. Highway 138 in Union City, according to Officer George Louth, spokesman for Union City Police.

Louth said the driver of the truck, Torrey Lang, had gone into the Metro PCS store there to have his phone serviced when he saw Banks in the truck and jumped onto the side of the truck to keep Banks from stealing it.

When Banks pulled off, the truck was going too fast for Lang to jump off, so he held on to the back of the truck cab, according to authorities.

Lang is a local driver for U.S. Xpress, which is based in Chattanooga, Tenn.

U.S. Xpress Spokesman Greg Thompson said Lang was carrying a company-issued two-way radio, and while clinging to the back of the truck he called the company to let them know what was happening.

Thompson said the trucking company called 911, and used the company's satellite tracking system to help police locate the vehicle.

After allegedly stealing the truck in Union City, Banks led authorities on a chase through Fulton, Clayton, Henry, Spalding and Butts counties before finally being forced to stop in Monroe County.

Wednesday, Lang issued a statement about the ordeal through U.S. Xpress.

"As everyone might imagine, yesterday was an unbelievable experience for me and my family. Everyone has seen the video, but I lived through it. This was a life-and-death experience for me, and I just want to put it behind me," Lang said in the statement.

"I appreciate everyone's concern. All things considered, I'm doing pretty well, but I'm still a little shaky. It's going to take some time for me to get past this. All I really want to do right now is hug my family and friends and tell them how much I love them," Lang said.

Banks is charged in Fulton County with theft by taking and driving with a suspended license.

His next court appearance is scheduled for May 13 in Fulton County. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is expected to file additional charges against him, according to authorities.