RURAL ROUGH RIDER CHASE (2008)
A Georgia man is facing multiple felony charges after leading police from three states on a high-speed chase that ended in Seminole County, Ga. Seminole County Sheriff Dale Swanner said Joe William Holden, 46, of Poulan, Ga., began fleeing Houston County Sheriff’s deputies Thursday afternoon. The chase continued into Jackson County, Fla., at speeds in excess of 100 mph. Holden continued from there into Seminole County where sheriff’s deputies followed Holden off of State Highway 91 into an open field. Deputies fired several shots at the tires of Holden’s vehicle in order to disable it, but Holden continued driving his 1999 Buick Century into the thick woods at the end of the field. He eventually got out of the vehicle and ran into the woods. ‘The suspect was driving in a manner which caused danger to the public,’ Swanner said. ‘Our deputies did what they had to do to terminate the chase and make sure the public was no longer in danger.’ A female passenger was taken into custody after Holden fled the vehicle. Swanner said Thursday night it is unclear whether she will face any charges. Holden eluded law enforcement personnel from three states for almost two hours until he attempted to stop a passerby on Georgia Highway 91. The motorist called police, tracking dogs were taken to the scene and they immediately tracked Holden to a wooded area near the Chattahoochee River. Holden is facing two counts of aggravated assault on a peace office for striking two separate Seminole county police cars, Swanner said. He is also charged with felony obstruction of justice and numerous traffic violations. He could be facing other charges in Houston and Jackson counties. Holden had no outstanding warrants and it is unclear why he began fleeing. He was on probation for un unknown violation in Daughtry County, Ga.