3 arrested after shots fired, chase in Effingham County

Crime & Safety

MELDRIM, Ga. (WSAV) – Three people have been arrested after a police chase in the Meldrim area Friday.

According to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO), around 8:30 a.m., deputies responded to a domestic situation at a home near Ziegler Road where a shot was fired.

To their knowledge, no one was hit, but ECSO says the suspect, William Taylor, took off before deputies arrived on the scene.

About a half-mile away, a deputy spotted Taylor’s vehicle and attempted to pull him over. But ECSO says the 34-year-old failed to stop, leading deputies on a pursuit.

During the chase, Taylor lost control of his vehicle and crashed in a ditch near Meldrim Road and Highway 80. ECSO says he got out of the vehicle and took off on foot.

Several neighboring agencies responded and surrounded the area. A K9 unit and drone were also used in the search.

Deputies learned that Taylor had been picked up in a car by two others: Caroline Lewis, 41, and James Moseley, 37.

ECSO says deputies eventually located the car and took all three subjects into custody.

“[Taylor] had placed a number of people at risk besides the people at the house,” said Sgt. Terry Gideon. “When he fled, he was putting the public at large in danger.”

“His actions on the road were definitely unacceptable, and any way you can measure it, it’s just dangerous and there’s no reason for people to do that,” Gideon added.

News 3 is told loaded guns were found in Taylor’s vehicle and drugs were discovered in Lewis and Moseley’s car.

Taylor has been charged with felony fleeing to elude, along with numerous drug and weapons charges. Lewis and Moseley have both been charged with possession, and more charges could be pending.

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