Police Chase Ends in Fatal Wreck

7:08 PM, Apr 4, 2002   |    comments
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One person is dead after a police chase in Alpharetta ended with an SUV flipping over a concrete median between east and westbound I-285, near Roswell Road, police said. The red Lincoln Navigator, driven by 27-year-old Damien Harrington of Baltimore, reportedly flipped twice as it raised over the border after the driver lost control of the SUV, according to Fulton and Alpharetta police. Police said the crash ejected Harrington from the car. They are now looking for the driver of another car that fled the scene after clipping the body as it hit the asphalt on eastbound I-285. Both sides of I-285 at Georgia 400 suffered delays Wednesday afternoon for more than an hour. Traffic resumed its normal flow by early evening. The events leading to the chase started about 2 p.m. at Red's Liquor Store, in the 200 block of South Main Street, police said. Harrington was accused of trying to pass a bad check at the store. Just after Harrington left Red's driving the Navigator, the store manager got into his own vehicle and followed the Navigator, police said. The manager called 911 from his cellphone and reported his location. Alpharetta police said they stopped the Navigator at Haynes Bridge Road and Old Milton Parkway. When an officer approached the Navigator, it sped away, slightly striking the officer. Police said they chased the SUV onto Ga. 400. The Navigator exited off 400 and onto I-285 westbound. However, while exiting onto I-285, Harrington lost control of the SUV and clipped another car on the highway. The collision sent the SUV careening into the concrete median, where the impact sent the truck over border and into oncoming traffic. Harrington died at the scene and was reportedly the only person inside of the SUV. No other injuries were reported. For the latest traffic updates, including real-time traffic reports and cameras, visit 11Alive's Team Traffic.

11Alive News Reporter Joel Thomas contributed to this story

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