PORT WENTWORTH -- On Friday at or around 12:30 p.m., the Port Wentworth Police Department was notified about a possible stolen vehicle that came into the Port Wentworth area near the Hwy 21/Interstate 95 corridor. Officers in marked and unmarked patrol vehicles were able to quickly get into the area and eventually located the vehicle in a restaurant parking lot near the interstate.
As officers were trying to make contact with the occupant of the vehicle, the driver attempted to run over an officer and reversed into the front of one unmarked patrol vehicle and side swiped another unmarked patrol vehicle while attempting to flee the parking lot. Marked patrol vehicles gave chase on Hwy 21 where the vehicle made a U-turn near Scott Street and ultimately struck another unmarked patrol vehicle that was being driven by Port Wentworth Police Chief Matt Libby, ending the pursuit.
The driver of the stolen vehicle received unknown extent of injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. There were minor injuries to some officers, and they were treated and released on scene. The Georgia State Patrol is assisting with the investigation on the crashes that occurred.
At this time, the investigation is ongoing. As more information becomes available to be released, there will be another media release with that information.