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Hit-and-run suspect jailed, has $100,000 bond

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Bond was set at $100,000 for a McDonough man, who reportedly led police on a high-speed chase in Henry County, causing four wrecks in the process.

Adam Brice Lafortune, 28, is charged with DUI, aggravated assault, operating an unregistered vehicle, driving with a suspended license, and two hit-and-runs. Additional traffic charges against him include failure to yield the right-of-way to a vehicle, reckless driving, following too closely, and failure to maintain a lane.

Lafortune appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Monday, without an attorney. Judge Wesley Shannon reset his case for Aug. 16, to enable him to hire a lawyer.

The first crash occurred Saturday, just before 5 p.m. Lafortune was driving, with his girlfriend as a passenger, according to Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton.

"Lafortune, who was driving a 1997 Cadillac Deville, rear-ended a pickup truck on Ga. Highway 20 /81 at I-75," Bolton said. "A 54-year-old man, who was traveling in a separate vehicle, got out to check on the condition of Lafortune, when Lafortune took off and struck him with the vehicle."

The victim, the captain continued, was thrown over the hood of the Cadillac, fell onto the pavement, and hit his head. The man was taken by family members to be treated at Henry Medical Center (HMC), Bolton said.

"Lafortune then fled onto I-75 and traveled northbound where he struck another vehicle, a Dodge Durango," said the captain. "Lafortune then exited [the interstate], traveling at a high rate of speed and T-boned a Corvette that was traveling along Jonesboro Road. This fourth and final wreck ended the incident."

The driver of the Corvette was transported to Henry Medical Center for treatment, Bolton said, adding that the occupants of the Durango were not injured.

"Lafortune was transported to HMC for treatment," Bolton said. "[His] girlfriend ... was also transported."

A warrant for the suspect identifies the driver of the pickup truck, who was allegedly run over by Lafortune, as Franklin Eugene Davis, Sr. He was treated, and released from the hospital Saturday, according to the hospital's public relations specialist, Michelle Nunnally.