Car thief leads victims on chase before capture

An attempted robbery found Peachtree City and Fayette County Sheriff’s Office working together to catch an elusive suspect.

On August 11, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a stolen car call just after 5 a.m. from a residence on Darren Drive.

The victims, Amy Williams, Brittany Williams, and Tyler Cooper, found the suspect, 21-year old Coltyn White of Stockbridge, stealing a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 out of the driveway. He was confronted by Cooper as the engine awoke the family inside.

White took off in the Silverado after attempting to steal a dirt bike. He turned around in the cul-de-sac on Darren Drive and headed back towards Seneca Place.

Cooper and his girlfriend, Brittany Williams, attempted to block his path of escape. She planned to trap the truck with her 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but she discovered a rear tire was slashed.

Williams retreated to a Toyota Corolla that was in the yard. She found the inside console was tampered with and a wallet, with three credit cards, was missing.

The Corolla’s rear driver side tire was slashed as well, yet the car was able to follow White as he sped off in the Silverado. She attempted to block his path, but White drove off the road into a ditch to avoid hitting her and sped off.

Cooper and Williams pursued and soon found the Silverado abandoned at a home on Carrols Way with a tire slashed.

“The driver door was open and Mr. Cooper observed the male fleeing on foot,” according to the incident report.

Deputies searching the scene found a pair of pants, wire cutters, and a knife in the area near the Silverado, but the suspect had gotten away into the woods.

The pursuit crossed into Peachtree City when a resident on Woodcreek Lane heard her dogs barking and spotted a man resting against a tree in her backyard. Her description of the man matched that of White from the earlier incident, and the Peachtree City Police dispatched officers.

At 8:31 a.m., officers found White in the area and arrested him. Arresting officers noted that he was muddy and scratched up like he had “been running through the woods and waterways,” according to the report.

Around the same time, deputies responded to another stolen car call, where it was determined White had stolen a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee from a home on New Haven Drive some time the previous night, before abandoning it at a home on Seneca Place. The Jeep was stolen sometime between 6 p.m. on August 10 and 8:45 a.m. on August 11.

Those charges were added to his record as he was booked on four counts of entering auto, four counts of theft by taking, two counts of burglary, and two counts of criminal trespassing.

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