GSP trooper injured in Liberty County crash identified, suspect arrested

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WALTHOURVILLE, Ga. (WSAV) – Authorities have identified a Georgia State Patrol trooper who was involved in a high-speed chase and crash in Walthourville Thursday.

The trooper is Elmer Martin who is in serious, but stable condition.

According to authorities, the crash stemmed from an attempted traffic stop on Talmadge Road around 3 p.m. The suspect reportedly refused to pull over leading to a high-speed pursuit.

Another vehicle, occupied by the driver, Ashley Bacon, 23, and Anecia Williams, 39, both of Wayne County, is said to have been traveling in the opposite direction. Authorities say the driver failed to maintain her lane in an attempt to avoid hitting the suspect and instead collided with the trooper’s patrol car head-on.

Bacon, Williams and Trooper Martin were transported to Memorial in Savannah following the crash. The trooper suffered several fractures and is in serious, but stable condition as are Bacon and Williams.

Authorities say the suspect, later identified as Ryan Storts of Long County, fled the crash scene with his son in the vehicle.

The vehicle was found abandoned near the Cedar Hill Mobile Home Park. Storts was later arrested and the child is okay.

“He was scratched up a little bit,” explained Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes. “I finally got him calmed down and told him we were going to see his mama, but he was pretty upset.”

Storts faces multiple charges: obstructing or hindering officers, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, speeding and drug charges. Deputies say they found marijuana after searching his property.

Lewis Levine, Coastal News Service contributed to this report

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