Newton deputy fired upon during chase

COVINGTON - A deputy pursuing a speeding car down Interstate 20 ended the chase after someone in the car shot at him. The deputy was not injured. A BOLO has been posted for the vehicle, described as a black Honda with no license tag.

According to a report from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred about 3:30 a.m. on May 27. A deputy was running speed detection on I-20 East at Exit 93 when he observed the Honda pass by without a tag. The deputy pulled onto the interstate and reported that the driver cut his or her lights off and accelerated at high speed.

The deputy pursued the vehicle until he got close enough, with speeds reaching 120 mph during the chase, then turned on his emergency equipment to conduct a traffic stop. He reported that as soon as his blue lights came on, either the driver or a rear passenger on the driver’s side fired two shots toward his patrol car.

The deputy immediately disengaged from the chase, backed off and changed lanes. He reported the vehicle continued eastbound on I-20 past Exit 98. No damage was done to the patrol car and the deputy was not hit.

A be on the lookout (BOLO) was posed on the vehicle to surrounding law enforcement agencies.

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Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 25 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.