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Florida man jailed after high-speed chase through town

A man from Jacksonville, Florida was arrested and booked into the Emanuel County Jail last Friday afternoon after a high-speed chase from the bypass led to an accident in downtown Swainsboro.

At approximately 2 p.m. on Friday, March 26, Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a resident on Highway 57 West. That resident stated a white Toyota Tacoma with black rims had pulled into her yard, at which point a white male, eventually identified as John Trevor Neikirk, exited the vehicle and began walking around her residence, checking it out.

Deputies were dispatched to the location. As they neared the address, deputies were notified that the suspect had left the scene.

The first responding deputy met the Toyoya traveling toward Swainsboro. When the deputy turned around to initiate a traffic stop, the suspect vehicle fled. The driver was observed running through the bypass exceeding 100 miles per hour with no regard for traffic. That deputy did not see the suspect vehicle again.

A second deputy approaching to assist had to exit the roadway to avoid being struck by the suspect vehicle. Consequently, the second deputy also lost sight of the vehicle and did not see it again.

A third deputy responding to the incident witnessed the suspect vehicle enter the intersection of Kite Road and West Main Street broadside. The suspect vehicle was crossing lane to lane on West Main, continuing through Swainsboro onto East Main Street in an uncontrolled manner with, again, no regard for other traffic.

The driver, Neikirk, sideswiped another vehicle at the intersection of Highway 56 and subsequently lost control of the Toyota as he struck a tree near Industrial Way.

He was apprehended and charged with felony obstruction, driving under the influence, felony fleeing/attempting to elude, reckless driving, and speeding.

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