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ZPD arrests suspects in high-speed chase

The Zebulon Police Department made two methamphetamine arrests Saturday, March 18, including arresting two suspects who wrecked after a high-speed chase led officers through three counties. Charles Jones, 23, of Pike County and Nick Fitgihbon, 38, of Clayton County were stopped for a traffic violation and arrested for possession of methamphetamine. A traffic stop was attempted on a vehicle later that day, but the driver sped down Williamson-Zebulon Road, through the Freshway parking lot and onto Highway 19 where he drove at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour into Griffin, turning back south on Highway 92 and traveling to Fayette County. A traffic stop was attempted on a vehicle later that day, but the driver sped down Williamson-Zebulon Road, through the Freshway parking lot and onto Highway 19 where he drove at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour into Griffin, turning back south on Highway 92 and traveling to Fayette County. John Leatherwood, 37, of Spalding County was the driver of the vehicle that led officers on a high-speed chase and Andrea Cobb, 40, was the passenger. According to Maj. Jason Smith, the two subjects in the car dumped many bags of methamphetamine along the route as they were being chased. He said when the GSP attempted a pit maneuver, the driver tried to avoid it and left the roadway and crashed into a tree on Highway 92 in Fayette County. Both suspects were arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Leatherwood was also charged with fleeing and will face numerous other traffic violations and Cobb was charged with obstruction of an officer. In addition to Zebulon Police officers, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, Spalding County Office and Fayette County Office assisted in the chase and arrest of the suspects.

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