An 18-year-old boy is dead after allegedly stealing a drinking glass from a Gwinnett County pizza store and causing his car to crash when he tried to escape the police.
The Gwinnett officers found the teenager's car upside down and almost completely engulfed in a retention basin off Steve Reynolds Boulevard and Pavilion Place on Sunday night. The driver, later identified by the police as Duluth's Jaylen Purge, was pulled out of the car and taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Officers had been following the car since leaving the Italian Pie's car park The restaurant on Beaver Ruin Road at the gates of Lilburn at about 6:00 pm, but as they walked off the road into a forest line on Steve Reynolds Boulevard she lost sight, the Gwinnett County police said in a press release.
Juan Angeles, the restaurant owner, told Channel 2 Action News that he and his brother tried to chase the teenager through the parking lot before driving off.
"He picked up the drinking glass and I said," Wait, "Angeles said," I tried to chase him to stop him, and he drove off so fast that he nearly drove me over. "[1
"Believing that a crime had just happened, the officer began to follow the vehicle and relay information to other answering officers," said police spokesman Detective David Smith: The vehicle did not stop when the policeman tried to overtake it, he said.
When they found the car after the crash, Smith said the officers had made every attempt to get to Purge before Rescue crews hit Gwinnett County fire and the accident is still under investigation
Detectives are still working to pin down details in the robbery investigation, Angeles told Channel 2 that the glass was only about $ 100 barge ld contained.