CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) — One driver is dead after a police pursuit on Highway 204 Thursday morning.
According to the Chatham County Police Department (CCPD), around 11 a.m., an officer attempted to pull over an SUV with an expired tag. When the driver failed to pull over, CCPD said the officer ended their attempted traffic stop as the department has a strict no-chase policy.
That’s when the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) stepped in.
Troopers located and began to pursue the vehicle, but according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS), the driver — now identified as 49-year-old Aimee Lynn Padgett-Youmans — failed to stop.
DPS said troopers performed a PIT (precision immobilization technique) maneuver to stop Padgett-Youmans, but she lost control and struck a concrete barrier.
She was pronounced dead on the scene.
WSAV News 3 has learned this wasn’t the first time Youmans took off, trying to get away from GSP. In 2017, she went to court, pled guilty and spent 100 days in jail for fleeing. According to GSP, Youmans was going 91 in a 45 on the Truman Parkway.
Highway 204 was closed for roughly three hours at the Highway 17 exit as crews responded to the scene. Traffic on Abercorn Street was closed in both directions between Ogeechee Road and Ford Avenue.
GSP’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash.
CCPD’s spokesperson said the department is “confident in our officer’s actions, and per protocol, this incident will be reviewed by our Office of Professional Standards.”