At approximately 12:45 am Tuesday, a white Chevrolet Impala driven by Simon Pippins of Jackson County led deputies with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Columbus Police Department on a high speed chase across Columbus. The pursuit started at Browder and Alabama Street in East Columbus and then down Hemlock Street and onto Gardner and Waterworks Road where speeds approached 100 mph. Pippins then turned onto 18th Street North and turned onto 7th Avenue. On 7th Avenue, a gray Cutlass failed to give the right of way to a CPD officer and hit the police cruiser which caused the driver to lose control and slam into a power pole, clipping it in half. The cruiser was driven by officer Jared Booth, who was hired by the city last January. Booth was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle with minor injuries.
Meanwhile, the chase down Military Road where Pippins lost control of his car just before the intersection at Bluecutt Road.
CPD Police Chief Tony Carleton could not be reached for comment on Booth’s condition Tuesday evening, although Booth has been released from BMH-GT.
The CPD and LCSO are still investigating the incident.0