Fugitive Escapes After Collision, Auto Theft
By Bridge Turner
A fugitive wanted in connection with a 2017 robbery of a local convenience store remains at large after a pursuit, collision, and car theft to elude Thomaston Police Department personnel last week.
Terel King of Upson County, who has outstanding warrants for aggravated assault and robbery, was spotted by a senior officer patrolling the Triune Mill Road area around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, according to TPD investigators. Following positive identification of King driving a Cadillac Escalade, the officer radioed for additional response.
Multiple marked units joined in pursuit, which ended momentarily with an intentional collision near the intersection of Avenue L and Barnesville Street. As officers attempted to apprehend King exiting his vehicle, the involvement of a civilian complicated an already volatile situation, according to reports.
The civilian had stopped in the roadway and drawn a pistol as King approached his vehicle, with hands raised. King rushed past the civilian, entered the vehicle with officers trying to remove him, and accelerated onto Avenue L. Police units chased but lost contact with King, who was last seen traveling south on Waymanville Road away from Thomaston.
One officer was injured in the collision and two more sustained injuries in the altercation with King. All three officers were treated and released from Upson Regional Medical Center.
“It could have turned out better, but it also could have been a lot worse,” a TPD representative said of the incident.
King, a 31-year-old black male, should be considered extremely dangerous, according to department reports.
Anyone having information concerning the whereabouts of King or the stolen vehicle, a 2003 Nissan Pathfinder bearing Georgia license plate PYD4823, is urged to immediately dial 911 or contact the Thomaston Police Department at 706-647-5455.
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