October 26, 2020

Newnan man jailed after high speed chase ends near Franklin

(Franklin, GA) — A Newnan man is in jail in Coweta County after leading authorities on a high-speed chase that began near Powers Crossroads early Tuesday morning.

Enoch Buster Simmons (Photo: Times-Herald)

Enoch Buster Simmons (Photo: Times-Herald)

Enoch Buster Simmons, 26, is facing several charges including reckless driving, attempting to elude police and theft by receiving stolen property, according to Chief Deputy James Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a report published by the Newnan Times-Herald, a Coweta County deputy was parked at the Powers Crossroads Country Store on Highway 34 when he saw a Fiat 500 Sport traveling at high speed towards Franklin.

Deputies pursued the Fiat into Heard County, where they were assisted by the Franklin Police Department who deployed stop sticks to disable the car which crashed into an embankment.

Authorities arrived to find the Fiat resting on its side, but Simmons reportedly had fled the scene on foot. Simmons was later found in the woods near the Chattahoochee River. Firefighters were able to extinguish a small engine fire.

The car was later determined to have been stolen in Kennesaw, and investigators from the Georgia State Patrol are now awaiting results from a blood test to indicate he may have been under the influence of alcohol according to the report.

Simmons was taken into custody and also faces charges of theft by receiving stolen property, obstruction of officers, passing in a no-passing zone, failure to maintain lane,  stop sign violation, duty upon striking fixture, driving without license, safety belts usage, fleeing/attempting to elude police and reckless driving.

(The Newnan Times-Herald contributed to this report)

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