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Florida men arrested for chase through Forsyth County, possible stolen vehicle
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From left, Donell Johnson Jr., Philip Brandon Matthews, Jarvis Lavon Scott.

Three men wanted in Sandy Springs for allegedly stealing an SUV were taken into custody by local authorities on Tuesday night after a high-speed vehicle and foot chase down Ronald Reagan Boulevard in south Forsyth.

According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the three suspects were apprehended and charged after local deputies received a tip from the Sandy Springs Police Department that a possible stolen vehicle and other stolen items had been located in Forsyth County.

Rainwater said that an electronic device within the vehicle led the Sandy Springs Police Department and Forsyth County deputies to locate the stolen Chevrolet Suburban on Ronald Reagan Boulevard at Samples Industrial Boulevard.

When the suspects spotted deputies in the area, Rainwater said that they began to flee the scene going south down Ronald Reagan Boulevard, running a red light and allegedly tossing a number of stolen items on the roadway as they fled.

The suspects lost control of the vehicle and wrecked, crashing into a tree at Ronald Reagan Boulevard at Peachtree Parkway. According to Rainwater, deputies were so close behind the suburban that two of the suspects were immediately taken into custody.

Rainwater said that the driver of the suburban fled the wreck on foot, but was quickly subdued when a deputy deployed a Taser.

Despite the recklessness of the chase, Rainwater said that no one was harmed during the chase and no property was damaged beyond the vehicle.

“The bottom line is, even though it started in another jurisdiction, we made sure it ended with us,” he said.

Rainwater said that they have determined that the paper tags on the Chevrolet Suburban were stolen, but they have not yet determined who owns the vehicle.  He said that the vehicle has allegedly been connected to other cases of theft entering autos in other counties. 

The driver of the vehicle, Donell Johnson Jr., 32, of Sunrise, Fla., has been charged with 15 different charges, including theft by receiving, theft entering auto, possession of marijuana, fleeing or attempting to elude, littering from a motor vehicle and obstruction of law enforcement officers.

Two passengers of the vehicle, Phillip Matthews, 32, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Jarvis Scott, 32, from Pompano Beach, Fla., have both been charged with theft by receiving and theft entering auto.

The suspects are being held in the Forsyth County Jail under no bond. All three suspects are being held on warrants from Sandy Springs, but Johnson is allegedly also wanted in two Florida counties.