Two dead after PIT maneuver crash in Laurens County

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LAURENS, COUNTY, Ga  (WMGT/41NBC) – Two people died in Laurens County Friday, after a Sheriff’s deputy used a technique to stop what Laurens County Sheriff, Larry Dean, called “extreme reckless behavior.”

According to a post on the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, the Sheriff’s Office and other agencies were performing a license checkpoint on Friday. A sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a car, but the driver failed to yield for emergency equipment.

The post went on to say it led to a brief pursuit on I-16. Laurens County Sheriff, Larry Dean, said the driver was displaying extreme reckless behavior that put the public at risk. Sheriff Dean said the deputy performed a PIT maneuver, which is a technique to try and turn the suspect’s car sideways causing them to lose control and stop.

Sheriff Dean said as a result, two of the people in the car died and third person is listed in critical condition. Sheriff Dean made this statement following the crash, “My sympathy goes out to the families who are struggling with grief at this moment and the days ahead.”

The crash is currently under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol.


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