One man was killed Saturday night in a single vehicle crash while fleeing from an Effingham County Sheriff’s deputy, according to reports.
Shortly after 11:30 p.m, a deputy attempted a traffic stop on a Ford F-150 on Central Avenue.
“The deputy observed an equipment violation while the vehicle was at a stop sign,” said ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor.
The driver, later identified as Robert Carlisle, 40, of Springfield, fled at a high rate of speed up Central Avenue and turned onto Honey Ridge Road. Eventually his vehicle struck a tree and landed in a body of water.
Carlisle was pronounced dead on the scene. The pursuit lasted less than two minutes.
“When the suspect refused to pull over, other deputies in the area began to set up stop sticks,” Ehsanipoor said.
The deputy in pursuit also was beginning to pull back from his chase when Carlisle’s vehicle left the road.
Carlisle was on parole for possession of cocaine and robbery.
“He had a very extensive criminal history,” Ehsanipoor said.
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash and an autopsy at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab in Savannah indicated Carlisle died of injuries resulting from his truck’s collision with a tree. Toxicology results may take several weeks, however.