A man fleeing from police caused eight vehicle crashes and sent one person to the hospital in a wild scene that unfolded on Tuesday, Feb. 6.
The incident began on I-20 west at Candler Road, near East Lake around 1:47 p.m.
A state trooper had stopped a black Jaguar going 91 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone.
“The trooper stopped the vehicle on I-20 West at the Flat Shoals Road exit,” a spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Public Safety said. “As the trooper approached the vehicle’s rear passenger side, the driver fled traveling up the grass median to exit onto Flat Shoals.”
Things kept escalating from there.
The chase continued north on Flat Shoals Road and the Jaguar crashed into two different vehicles while fleeing from the state trooper. The pursuit moved onto Fayetteville Road and the Jaguar hit another vehicle.
The driver crashed the Jaguar and fled on foot. The trooper chased him. The driver circled back around, jumped in the trooper’s patrol vehicle and took off. He managed to back into yet another vehicle before fleeing down a sidewalk and hitting the Jaguar with the patrol vehicle.
A bystander driving a different vehicle tried to stop the suspect – now driving the patrol car – from -re-entering the roadway from the sidewalk. The bystander hit the patrol vehicle on the passenger side and pushed it into yet another vehicle.
The suspect was able to escape onto Fayetteville Road and the bystander chased after him.
This led to the unusual scene of a civilian vehicle chasing a trooper’s patrol vehicle. The patrol vehicle’s lights were activated at the time, the spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Public Safety said.
The bystander intentionally hit the back of the patrol vehicle trying to stop it. After hitting it, the bystander collided with still another vehicle and caused it to overturn. The person in the overturned vehicle was sent to Grady Hospital with serious injuries.
The suspect continued fleeing on Fayetteville Road in the stolen patrol car before losing control and crashing into a ditch.
The suspect fled on foot, but troopers eventually caught him after setting up a perimeter around the area. All told, the chase caused eight total crashes, including three involving the Jaguar, which was later determined to be stolen from DeKalb County.
The suspect was identified as Daniel Reginald Silverman, 23, of Hinesville.
Here’s the list of charges he is facing in connection to the incident.
– Possession of Marijuana/ less than 1 oz.
– Hit and Run/ Leaving Scene of An Accident (x6 counts)
– Theft by Receiving Stolen Property
– Theft by Taking
– Reckless Driving
– Possession of a Firearm By Convicted Felon (1st Offender Under Sentence)
– Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officer
– Carrying Concealed Weapon in Commission of Felony (x2 counts)
– Criminal Damage to Property in the First Degree
– HOV/HOT lane violation