High-Speed Chase Ends with Arrest

Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputies say Thomas Joseph Madrie, 34, who was injured in a crash, was wanted on prior charges.

A  high-speed chase that ended in an Interstate 75 crash started in Cartersville when a deputy spotted an allegedly stolen vehicle.

Sheriff Clark Millsap said in a news release the patrol deputy had received a "be on the lookout," or BOLO, alert for a stolen vehicle near Cartersville. Within three minutes, he spotted the allegedly stolen silver Jeep Cherokee in a parking lot on Collins Drive.

As the deputy approached the car, which appeared unoccupied, the driver suddenly sat up and allegedly fled from the parking lot in the Jeep. The resulting 10-minute pursuit continued on Highway 41 through Cartersville and then I-75 southbound.

It reached speeds of more than 100 mph.

After crossing into Cobb County, the driver struck a tractor-trailer, ending the pursuit. The driver, Thomas Joseph Madrie, 34, was injured and taken to an area hospital for treatment. 

Madrie was wanted on numerous charges prior to the incident, including probation violation and family violence charges. also seek his arrest in connection with the alleged theft of the Jeep Cherokee.

BCSO deputies will have additional charges as well.

No other injuries were reported in the pursuit, which ended near Wade Green Road.

Ringo August 23, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Saw the beginning of that chase while driving on Joe Frank Harris Parkway - the opposite direction of the chase. Wondered what was going on as the Jeep didn't look like a car that would be trying to flee police.
wart August 24, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I trust he will enjoy his time in prison, for his very belief, freedom run!!!!!!!! I am so proud no body was hurt or killed
stan parris August 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM
What a dumbass!!!
stan parris August 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM
What a dumbass!!


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