Teen reportedly carjacks a work truck and barrels through Milledgeville two days after his 17th birthday
A Hancock County teenager is facing big boy charges in two different counties following a high-speed chase that began on Ga. 22 near Devereaux before weaving through downtown Milledgeville.
Montavious Lewis, who turned 17 on Wednesday, is being charged locally with aggravated assault upon of peace officer, fleeing/attempting to elude, as well as a laundry list of traffic violations. A second aggravated assault may be filed after the Milledgeville Police Department investigates footage from an interaction near the river bridge, where Lewis' vehicle "swerved directly at" an MPD officer, according to investigators.
The incident reportedly began when Lewis hopped into a work truck in front of Hill's Farm Supply in downtown Sparta, brandished a handgun at the truck's owner before taking off in the truck through Sparta and west towards Milledgeville.
MPD officers were in the process of laying "spike strips" on Ga. 22 at the river bridge when the truck came into view. Lewis was being chased by the Hancock County sheriff himself, Terrell Primas. The MPD officers didn't get a chance to lay the strips, however, which is when Lewis "swerved directly at" one of the officers, according to investigators. The chase continued through the heart of downtown at speeds between 45-60 miles per hour, added investigators.
The incident occurred during the lunch rush downtown, where a number of people were celebrating graduations and the beginning of the holiday weekend.
Lewis then made a sudden left onto Wilkinson Street at the courthouse and Barberito's before heading south. He then made a left onto Andrews Street and another left onto Wayne Street, this time heading back in the direction of downtown.
At that point, Major Linc Boyer put out the call to try to box the truck in, which is when Lewis reportedly rammed one of the patrol cars, sending the stolen truck into the southside Piggly Wiggly parking lot. Suffering front-end damage, the truck then sped through the grocery store parking lot before making a right onto Wilkinson, a left onto Franklin and over the railroad tracks and past Central City/Bonner Park. The truck then "ran straight through the stop sign" at Franklin and Hancock before Lewis ultimately bailed near the intersection of McIntosh and Pickens Street.
A short foot chase ensued, and a Baldwin County Sheriff's Office deputy was able to take down Lewis, and he was arrested without incident. The handgun was recovered in the pickup truck.
Boyer said very rarely does the MPD "chase" through downtown or other highly congested areas. In this case, due to the fact that Lewis had already brandished a handgun "and was driving extremely erratically," the MPD decided to pursue the vehicle.
Lewis was transported back to the county jail in Sparta, where he is facing a myriad of separate charges.