High-Speed Chase Ends in Major Crash: Driver Faces Multiple Charges Including Child Cruelty

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On March 16, 2024, around 10:20 P.M., a dramatic incident unfolded on GA 401/I75 near mile marker 104 North involving a black Honda Accord and law enforcement. A Crisp County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to pull over the vehicle due to improper registration. However, upon running the vehicle’s tag, it was discovered that the registration and driver’s license were suspended, with no insurance, and the driver was wanted.

As the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver, later identified as Whitney Jones, a 35-year-old female from Camilla, Georgia, fled the scene abruptly. Jones led law enforcement on a high-speed chase, reaching speeds exceeding 130 miles per hour, and driving recklessly.

The chase ended in Dooly County when the Honda Accord collided with another vehicle, causing it to flip multiple times before coming to a stop against a guardrail near mile marker 116 North.

In the car were four occupants, including two juveniles. All four were rushed to Crisp Regional Hospital by Dooly County EMS. While the juveniles were later released from the hospital, one passenger remains hospitalized.

Following her release from Crisp Regional Hospital, Jones was taken into custody and transported to the Crisp County Detention Center. She faces a litany of charges, including two counts of Cruelty to Children in the 2nd Degree, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude, Speeding in Excess of Maximum Limits, and two counts of Child Youth Restraint not used Properly, along with multiple other traffic violations.

Jones’ troubled past adds further complexity to the situation, with two active warrants for Felony Probation Violation from the Mitchel County Sheriff’s Office and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, and a history of five felony convictions. The Georgia State Patrol is currently investigating the accident.

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