Police said that what started as a police chase in North Bryan ended in a fatal car crash in Brooklet on the morning of June 21.
According to Georgia State Patrolman Robert Balkcom, a Bryan County deputy flipped on his lights in an attempt to pull over a man in the Pembroke area. The man, 39-year-old Brooklet resident and Groveland native James Allen Driggers, reportedly sped up his vehicle instead of pulling over.
Balkcom said the chase continued onto I-16 where Driggers exited on Ash Branch Church Road.
The deputy reportedly halted the chase and radioed to Bulloch authorities after Driggers crossed the Bulloch County line. Balkcom said authorities were not present when Driggers made a sharp turn and lost control of his vehicle on Arcola Road in Brooklet.
Witnesses reported that the vehicle flipped as Driggers was ejected from the vehicle and onto the street.
He died that morning from his injuries.
Open alcohol containers were allegedly found in Driggers’ vehicle.
The accident is currently being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol.
Holli Deal Bragg of the Statesboro Herald contributed to this story.