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Forsyth firefighter Michael Cobb tries to pry open the door on a Toyota Sequoia that wrecked and was then abandoned during a chase on Frontage Road on Tuesday. Police say Octavius Lyons was the driver as they found his ID in the vehicle, and they’re looking for him still. Call the sheriff’s office at 994-7048 if you have information on his whereabouts. 

A Macon man is still at large after leading Monroe County deputies on a high-speed chase, wrecking on Frontage Road near the KOA and then fleeing on Tuesday, July 30. But deputies say they’ve identified the suspect as Octavius Lyons, 33, and say he’ll face a lot of charges once he’s captured. 

The chase started around 11:14 a.m. when Monroe County Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw a black 2002 Toyota Sequoia with an illegal tag cover parked at the Hwy. 42 North Shell station. Haskins noticed the driver, later identified as Lyons, was walking back and forth between the gas station and the vehicle.

Lyons then drove away from the station aggressively, and Haskins tried to stop the vehicle on North Frontage Road. However, the vehicle instead turned left onto Mays Street and began accelerating rapidly. The vehicle then ran through several stop signs, turning left onto Powerhouse Road and eventually back onto North Frontage Road. The vehicle then lost control and nearly hit another vehicle head-on. Eventually, the vehicle crashed as it tried to round a curve on South Frontage Road, sliding off the left side of the road and hitting several trees.

Haskins said Lyons, who is about 6 feet tall, 220-230 pounds in weight and was wearing a black jersey with blue numbers on the front, exited the vehicle and ran into the woods. Haskins was unable to find Lyons. Lt. Chad Beck of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office then searched the vehicle and found Lyons’ South Carolina license which identified him. Dispatchers determined Lyons’ license was suspended.

He will be charged with fleeing or attempting to elude, driving while license suspended, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to maintain lane, passing in a no-passing zone, reckless driving, tag cover violation, following too closely and failure to signal while turning.