A Douglasville woman was hospitalized with head injuries after being ejected from a vehicle she wrecked while fleeing Monroe County deputies in a stolen vehicle on June 10.
According to a sheriff’s report, Deputy Jaleel Brown was watching traffic on I-75 south near Johnstonville Road when he saw a black Dodge Challenger with a drive-out tag on June 10. He then saw the vehicle make two unnecessary lane changes and he initiated a stop.
The driver, Laceey Burris, 20, activated her right turn signal as if she were going to pull over. She then deactivated her turn signal and began to increase speeds to over 100 mph. Deputy Wade Kendrick joined the chase. Coming up on the North Lee Street exit at 140 miles per hour, Burris looked as if she were about to lose control of the vehicle. She took the exit ramp and did not slow down enough to negotiate the sharp right turn at the end of the ramp. She then entered the small bank between Hwy. 42 N and Collier Road and went airborne, hitting a power pole which caused her to be ejected.
Monroe County EMS gave medical aid to an unconscious Burris on the ground and she was immediately taken to Navicent Health in Macon. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Warner Robins since April 5. The owner was notified.
Brown spoke with Burris’ mother, Jennifer Shipley, and she told him her daughter has been on her own since she was 16 and has been in and out of trouble. She said Burris is an addict and has had problem with drugs for a while. She also said Burris did hint to facts of taking the stolen vehicle, which she said she was not surprised about.
Dispatch said she had a previous shoplifting charge out of Bibb County and is on probation. Warrants were taken out for fleeing and theft by receiving stolen property. She was also issued several citations including suspended registration, reckless driving, speeding, failure to maintain lane, following too closely, driving in the emergency lane, and no seatbelt. Charges are awaiting to be served once Burris is out of the hospital.