ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -
A South Carolina man fleeing from deputies crashed his car and had to be pulled from the wreckage after it burst into flames.
According to authorities, Rockdale County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Heyman was patrolling the area of I-20 Thursday night when he saw a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee being driven by Alshura Tabil Annessa Frazier, 33.
According to Heyman, the car was weaving in and out of its lane and at one point crossed into the emergency lane
The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the SUV turned off on the Salem Road exit ramp.
Heyman said he saw the driver looking at him in his side mirror and then he ran the red light, crossed over Salem Road and got back on I-20 heading west at a high rate of speed.
According to Heyman the driver then led police on a wild car chase where he reached speeds of 100 mph.
"Frazier continued fleeing at a high rate of speed and due to his speed, he lost control of the Jeep in the sharp curve (at Farmer Road)," said Heyman. "As a result of Frazier losing control, the Jeep left the roadway and slid down into a ditch, striking a culvert. The impact caused the vehicle to overturn and roll back into the roadway. It came to rest on its driver's side in the middle of Old Covington Highway."
As Heyman and another deputy approached the Jeep, the engine burst into flames.
"At this point, Deputy West and I began kicking the windshield out in an attempt to remove Frazier from the burning Jeep. We were able to kick out a hole large enough to remove Frazier and pull him to safety," said Heyman.
Heyman said that he found Frazier carrying a black sock that contained nearly $6,400 of cash wrapped in rubber bands.
"I asked Frazier to explain why he ran, to which he stated he did not want to get arrested and that he was scared," the deputy reported. "I then asked Frazier about the currency, to which he stated he was going to the studio to record a rap."
Frazier was then transported by National EMS to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries.
Heyman stated that the combination of the driver's actions, as well as the contents in the Jeep, "is usually directly linked to purchasing and distributing illegal narcotics."
The currency was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Rockdale County Vice.
Frazier was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude, failure to obey traffic control device, failure to maintain lane, driving in an emergency lane, improper passing, driving while license suspended and reckless driving.
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