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Video: Driver charged after Peachtree City police chase
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Video: Driver charged after Peachtree City police chase

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- A driver faces a long list of charges after leading police on an erratic chase through Peachtree City on March 31.

It began shortly after 3:00 p.m. with an attempted traffic stop. A Peachtree City motorcycle officer tried to pull over a car with two men inside at the intersection of Highway 74 and Crosstown Drive. The driver ignored the officer and pulled into a nearby parking lot, where the passenger jumped out of the car.

Peachtree City Police Lt. Mark Brown said the driver, 54-year-old Darryl Lambert of College Park, sped away through a construction zone where people were working. Police deployed stop sticks on Highway 74 and deflated the car's tires, but Lambert continued to drive more than 80 miles per hour as the tires disintegrated.

Lambert was boxed in by patrol cars near the intersection of Highway 74 and Kelly Drive, but slammed into a cruiser and kept driving, turning from Kelly Drive onto Hip Pocket Road with the car's back bumper barely hanging onto the vehicle. The car eventually lost its bumper, a turn of events that was captured on police dash cam video.

"Due to the lack of regard for human life shown by the driver, the decision was made to remove the car from the roadway as safely and diligently as possible," Brown said in a statement.

The car slowed down to less than 25 miles per hour at the intersection of Hip Pocket and Willowbend roads, giving pursuing police an opportunity to strike the vehicle with a patrol car's push bar and end the chase. No one was hurt.

Lambert was taken into custody and charged with both felony and misdemeanor fleeing and attempting to elude; aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer; reckless driving; hit and run; driving on a suspended license; failure to maintain lane; driving on the wrong side of the road; disregarding a traffic control device; driving through a gore; a seat belt violation; littering on the highway; five counts of improper turn or lane change; three stop sign violations; and two counts of passing on the right. He is being held in the Fayette County Jail.

Brown said Lambert has an extensive criminal history and had just been released from jail. He was also involved in another police chase in a different jurisdiction about two weeks before the Peachtree City chase.

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