Morning Wreck Causes Suspect To Flee Scene

Habersham Co. - Habersham deputies resorted to a K9 search after an early morning wreck led to one suspect fleeing on foot.

The incident occurred Wednesday, Jan. 8, around 5:30 a.m. on “GA 115 West of Habersham Mills Road,” according to a statement released by Georgia State Patrol SGT. C.J. Coffee, Assistant Post Commander, for Post 7 in Toccoa.

Coffee goes on to note, “Vehicle #1 (a Ford Mustang) was traveling east on GA 115. Vehicle #2 (a pick-up truck) was traveling west on GA 115. The driver of vehicle #1 failed to maintain lane and crossed the center line of GA 115.”

According to Coffee, “Vehicle #1 struck vehicle #2 in the left side front with the left side front area of vehicle #1. After impact, vehicle #2 overturned and came to an uncontrolled final rest on its passenger's side facing north. Vehicle #1 came to an uncontrolled final rest in the westbound lane facing south.”

After the crash, the driver of vehicle #1 (Ford Mustang) fled the scene.

Vehicle #1 was a 2007 Ford Mustang driven by Charles Eric Chambers age 46 of Cleveland. 

He was injured in the crash, however, he fled the scene on foot. 

“He was charged with Leaving the scene, failure to maintain lane, suspended license, no insurance, and no seat belt,” Coffee notes. 

Chambers has not been taken into custody at this time.

Vehicle #2 was a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Julian Thayer age 70 of Clarkesville, GA. 

He was injured and transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville for treatment.

No update on his condition has been provided.