ATLANTA -- A high speedpolice chase that beganon Thornton Road in Douglas Countyended with a wreck on westbound Interstate 20 at the height of Friday morning's rush hour.
According to police, the pursuit began in Douglas County when a Douglasville Police officer tried to pull over a heating and air conditioning van for a routine traffic violation.
The van took off on Interstate 20 eastbound toward Atlanta. Once in the city, the van exited the highway at McDaniel Street, turned around and got back on I-20 westbound. The chase continued until it was stopped by a Georgia State Patrol car using a pit maneuver near theHamilton E. Holmes Drive exit.
The van's driver was Bruce Bishop, 47. He wasn't hurt in the crash.
Douglasville Police Deputy Chief Gary Sparks told 11Alive's Paul Crawley that at first, they thought the van may have been stolen, since thieves take copper from heating and air conditioning vans, but police later found the van was not stolen.
Sparks said police had determined that Bishop was already wanted by Riverdale police on a probation violation for an earlier aggravated assault, obstruction and fleeing charges. He now faces additional charges of fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, various other charges including speeding, and hsi fourth charge for driving with a suspended license -- which is a felony charge.
No other injuries were reported.