2 police chases end in crashes
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A Georgia State Patrol trooper helps the towing company remove a motorcycle involved in a police pursuit Wednesday afternoon on Highway 20 at U.S. Highway 411. The driver was airlifted to Kennestone Hospital. JESSICA LOEDING/The Daily Tribune News
A Georgia State Patrol trooper helps the towing company remove a motorcycle involved in a police pursuit Wednesday afternoon on Highway 20 at U.S. Highway 411. The driver was airlifted to Kennestone Hospital. JESSICA LOEDING/The Daily Tribune News
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Two separate police pursuits in as many days ended when the drivers of the fleeing vehicles crashed.

Just before midnight Tuesday, a deputy located a Toyota Camry in the Walmart parking lot that was reportedly "all over the road." According to the report, the driver appeared disheveled and intoxicated as he passed the deputy.

When the officer attempted a traffic stop, the driver -- identified as Donald Ross Collins III, 21, of Atlanta -- fled toward Interstate 75 on Highway 20. Collins allegedly crossed into other lanes as he continued to accelerate, passing vehicles in no-pass zones at speeds around 80 mph.

Approaching I-75, the deputy reported Collins entered the turning lane for I-75 south going about 75 mph. He then locked up his brakes as he attempted to make the turn onto the on-ramp, causing the car to skid, hit the dividing island before clearing the on-ramp and colliding with the guard rail.

The deputy held Collins at gunpoint until backup arrived. According to the report, the deputy located a leather whiskey flask about one-third full of something smelling like alcohol.

Collins was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

Wednesday afternoon about 1:30 p.m., a motorcyclist crashed while reportedly fleeing from a Georgia State Patrol trooper.

Trooper First Class Chris Minney said the driver, whose identity was not known at press time, was stopped in the area of Highway 20 and State Route 20 Spur for having no tag.

Minney said the driver said he didn't have a tag and would pull over. When the trooper pulled over, however, the driver took off toward U.S. Highway 411.

"They were chasing him down 20, traffic had been backed up [at the intersection of Highways 20 and 411] and he tried to avoid the traffic, tried to go around, and when he did, he actually struck the back end of this pick-up truck right up here and ended up losing control," Minney said, adding the motorcycle was traveling about 30 mph when the crash occurred.

"There weren't high speeds at the time. You can even tell, there aren't any skid marks ... You can tell by the motorcycle damage, there's not any real heavy damage," he said.

The driver, who was local, was in his mid-20s and was airlifted to Kennestone Hospital for treatment.