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Deputy injured when vehicle rams parked cruiser


By Alton Mitchell

A Thursday morning traffic stop south of the city of Hogansville left a Troup County Sheriff’s deputy injured and a group of Alabama men in the Troup County Jail facing a list of charges stemming from a police chase and vehicle crash among other offenses.

Shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Thursday morning a Hogansville, Ga police officer stopped a Dodge Charger traveling south on Interstate 85 near mile marker 26. The vehicle pulled over for the officer who approached the car and discovered the driver failed to have identification. Shortly thereafter the driver of that vehicle fled the scene and proceeded to elude officers in the southbound lanes of Interstate 85 heading towards the city of LaGrange.

Several agencies responded to attempt to stop the fleeing vehicle those agencies included the LaGrange Police Department, Georgia State Patrol, and Troup County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies from the Troup County Sheriff’s Department deployed spike strips about 12 mile south of where the chase began near the city of LaGrange.

The fleeing Dodge Charger went into the median of the highway where a sheriff’s departments vehicle was parked awaiting to join the chase. That driver crashed into a Troup County Sheriff’s Department SUV in the median of the Interstate. That vehicle was driven by Chief Deputy Jon Whitney. Chief Deputy Whitney was transported to Wellstar West Georgia Hospital in LaGrange he was treated for his injuries and released.

The driver and two occupants of the Charger were also injured they were transported to Wellstar West Georgia Hospital and released. They have been identified as driver Terrick Bendol, 22, of Mobile, AL. Two passengers were also in the vehicle and have been identified as Keaedrick Williams, 33, of Mobile, AL and Damon Jones, 29, of Mobile, AL.

The trio face a long list of charges that include, DUI and failure to maintain lane. Additional charges may follow as marijuana, scales, and a handgun were found in the vehicle. Chief Deputy Whitney becomes the second deputy to be injured in Troup County in less than a month. On January 9th, Deputy Michael Hockett was shot with a buckshot style shotgun doing a welfare check near the city of West Point.