A Covington man died on Wednesday afternoon after wrecking in a vehicle he had just allegedly stolen from the Chevron gas station in Social Circle. Georgia State Patrol Post 46 Commander Sgt. James Buchanan said the deceased man is a white male in his 30s. His name is not being given at this time as all his next of kin have not yet been notified.
“A deputy sheriff from Walton County Sheriff’s Office observed the vehicle traveling north on Highway 11 at a high rate of speed. He attempted to turn around and catch up with the vehicle, but the vehicle had already passed another vehicle traveling north, striking the left rear corner of the pickup with its right outside mirror,” Buchanan said. “The vehicle also struck a south bound vehicle at which time the vehicle began to rotate out of control and overturned, striking several trees on the east shoulder. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Nobody was hurt in the other vehicles.”
Buchanan said the man who died also had multiple warrants out for his arrest.
South Broad Street was closed in Monroe on Wednesday afternoon, June 3, 3030, from Vine Street to Atha Road due to a fatal accident. The accident is being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol.
Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman confirmed that the vehicle allegedly was stolen out of Social Circle.
“It is my understanding that he struck another vehicle before he wrecked, but I don’t believe the person in that vehicle was hurt,” Chapman said. “We had just got the lookout from Social Circle on the stolen vehicle when he came past the Sheriff’s Office. My deputy saw him and turned around and that was when he wrecked.”
The vehicle ran off the road into the bushes across from the Dollar General. Monroe Fire Chief Bill Owens said to expect the road to be shut down for an extended time. The coroner was on the scene and GSP was conducting the investigation.