One man is in custody and officers are still looking for a passenger of a Dodge Challenger that crashed into a wooded buffer between two Main Street residences in Madison Tuesday night.
According to Sgt. Chase Young, members of the Georgia State Patrol, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and Madison Police Department ended a nearly two-hour search for a man wanted for leading officers on a dangerous high speed chase with the arrest of Willy Tandongfor, 23, of Atlanta.
Young said the chase began on Interstate 20, westbound when Georgia State Patrol troopers issued a “Be On The Lookout” notice for the Challenger, traveling westbound at more than 120 mph. Young said officers believe the vehicle left the interstate at the 114 exit, drove south on Main Street while being pursued by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy and a Madison Police Department officer and crashed at the intersection of South Main Street and Eatonton Highway.
The Challenger, Young said, left Main Street, careened through the driveway of a residence at 877 South Main Street and then struck a thick section of trees and shrubs. The vehicle was completely destroyed, Young said.
“I don’t see how they walked away,” he said.
A woman in the vehicle was removed and was “shaken up” but uninjured, Young said. She was able to tell authorities that Tandongfor was driving the vehicle and a second man, Dwight Anthony Zelton Jones, 27, of Jonesboro, was also in the vehicle and had fled.
Authorities found a pistol in the vehicle and discovered that Jones was wanted on outstanding warrants for aggravated assault and had a “full extradition” policy on him if arrested. Authorities were also warned, Young said, that Jones was to be considered “armed and dangerous."
Officers followed a blood trail from the South Main Street crash site toward Old Post Road. They also called a K-9 search dog to the scene but that search failed to find either suspect.
At approximately 11:15 p.m., after officers had been searching the surrounding neighborhoods, a Madison Police Officer reported a suspicious vehicle at the corner of South Main Street and Cornwall Drive. That vehicle was stopped and the driver, Young said, told officers he was sent to pick up the men and had been given the South Main Street address.
That man was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and was placed on an “investigative hold” to thwart him from informing the suspects.
At approximately 1 a.m., a Morgan County deputy parked on South Main Street observed a man run from near the Madison Methodist Church and jump into a vehicle on Main Street. A second traffic stop was executed and Tandongfor was located in the vehicle.
A woman driving the vehicle told officers that she had been directed by an Atlanta man to come to Madison to find and pick up Tandongfor.
She also, Young said, told officers that another person had already extracted Jones from the area. Young said during the search, a second pistol was found after it had been thrown over a residential fence on Old Post Road.
Tandongfor is currently detained at the Morgan County Detention Center and faces charges of obstruction, driving on the wrong side of the road, fleeing and attempting to elude, failure to obey traffic signs, reckless driving and speeding. Young said more warrants from the Georgia State Patrol against Tandongfor may be filed.