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Henry police chase leads to wire thieves

Two people have been arrested in Locust Grove following a police chase of speeds reaching up to 120 miles per hour. Once stopped, police found drugs and approximately 20 bundles of Georgia Power wire.

Locust Grove Police arrested Kenneth Lee Williford Jr., of Newnan, and Christy Lauren Oliver, of Conley.

Williford, 35, is charged with theft taking, possession of crystal meth , fleeing to elude police, reckless driving, and no insurance. Oliver 31, is charged with theft taking.

According to Locust Grove Police Officer J. Baker's police report, Wednesday at 1:28 a.m., he spotted a white Silverado pick-up truck behind Horsetown Store, 4583 Bill Gardner Parkway. Once the officer entered the store's gravel driveway, the truck sped off. At times the suspect drove his car into oncoming traffic to avoid being captured police, according to authorities.

The suspect led police down Bill Gardner Parkway, where he made an illegal U-turn cutting off traffic, and skidded across the roadway. He drove into oncoming traffic on Lester Mill Road, and again on Greenwood Road as well, as he ran a stop sign on Ga. Highway 155 South, all of which was done to elude police, said Baker in his report.

"At this time speeds reached 110 mph and the vehicle turned west onto Hampton-Locust Grove Road. Speeds reached 120 to 125 mph as the vehicle continued westbound," added Baker in the police report.

Hampton Police were alerted to the chase and placed spike strips in the roadway. They waited for the suspects at Hampton-Locust Grove Road and Ga. Hwy. 20.

"The vehicle rounded the last corner prior to [Ga.] Hwy. 20, where Hampton units were standing by... The driver exited in an apparent attempt to flee...I immediately exited the vehicle and drew my duty weapon and began giving the subject commands to get on the ground," said Baker in the report. "I cuffed the subject as other officers secured the passenger and took her into custody."

Police searched the pick-up and found approximately 20 bundles of wire, reportedly stolen from the Georgia Power Company, 112 Lake Mirror Road, in Forest Park. Police also found a clear pill bottle, "with a clear crystal substance ...on the driver's floor board, a lift master LA400 and a Might Mule Easy gate opener, 502 dual series.

"The scrap metals that were stolen from the property, where left there a sub-contractor doing work for Georgia Power," said Lynn Wallace, a spokesperson for the company. "The material[s] that were stolen were not suitable for jobs that we would performed; however, they had recyclable value."

Wallace said the scrap metal had an estimated value of $1,200.

Oliver and Williford appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court last Wednesday before Judge Robert L. Godwin.

Judge Godwin set Oliver's bond at $5,000 and Williford's bond was set at $10,000. He bound both cases over to superior court.

Lee and Oliver remained in the Henry County Jail at press time Monday.