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Saturday May 30th, 2015 10:28AM

Three-county chase in two states ends in Banks County

By Rob Moore Reporter
BANKS CROSSING - A South Carolina man who led officers on a chase through three counties was injured after the vehicle he was driving crashed in Banks County early Wednesday.<br /> <br /> Sgt. Carissa McFaddin of Banks County Sheriff's Office said the vehicle pursuit that originated in Oconee County, S.C., ended on I-85 southbound at mile marker 150 in Banks County around 1:55 a.m. That location is about one mile north of Exit 149, which is the Banks Crossing/Commerce exit to Highway 441.<br /> <br /> McFaddin said the driver is identified as 24-year-old Kenneth Jones of South Carolina.<br /> <br /> When Oconee County officers tried to stop Jones for a traffic violation, he fled.<br /> <br /> "During the high-speed pursuit, authorities were advised that Jones had outstanding warrants out of Pickens County, S.C.," McFaddin said.<br /> <br /> Several Franklin County deputies joined the pursuit in their county.<br /> <br /> "Once the pursuit reached Banks County on I-85, Banks County deputies took over - at which time Jones attempted to aggressively ram Banks County patrol units," McFaddin said. "A pursuit intervention technique (PIT) was then completed by Banks County, where the pursuit was then ended."<br /> <br /> Jones, who reportedly was thrown from the vehicle, was airlifted from the scene on I-85 to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.<br /> <br /> McFaddin said Jones now also faces charges in Oconee County, S.C., Franklin County and Banks County.
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