By Jason A. Smith
Local authorities were searching for an unidentified man who reportedly led police on a chase spanning three counties early Thursday morning.
The investigation began at approximately 12:30 a.m., when Henry County Police officers were dispatched to the CVS pharmacy at 5095 Mt. Zion Parkway, in Stockbridge.
According to Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton, police received a call about a "suspicious person" at the store.
"Upon arriving and making contact with the suspect, he indicated that he left his [identification] in his vehicle, which was parked outside," Bolton said. "An officer accompanied the suspect out into the parking lot, but the suspect jumped into his vehicle and fled the scene."
Henry Police gave chase as he drove down Ga. Highway 138. Bolton said the suspect traveled into and out of a park-and-ride facility, driving over curbs in the process.
"The suspect then entered Interstate 75 via the southbound ramp, and drove northbound on the southbound side," Bolton said. "A shift supervisor made the decision to cancel the pursuit at that time for safety concerns."
At approximately 12:50 a.m., Clayton County Police were put on alert for the suspect's vehicle, which was described as a gray Honda Civic. Clayton County Police Officer Kevin Hughes said the agency picked up the chase shortly thereafter, near Conley Road.
"The suspect's top speed was 80 mph, and he was driving recklessly," Hughes said.
According to a written statement issued by Clayton County Police, the driver, described as a black male, caused a motorcyclist traveling south on the interstate to crash during the chase. Authorities said the suspect exited at Bouldercrest Road in DeKalb County, traveling north, and turned right on Clifton Church Road.
He then crashed the Honda, and fled the scene on foot, police said.
The injured motorcyclist, who has not been identified, was reportedly transported to a local hospital. His condition was unknown. Clayton County Police described the investigation as "ongoing."