Final two men running from Monroe Co. authorities captured
FORSYTH, Ga. -- The remaining two men who ran after they crashed a stolen truck in Forsyth after leading officers on a chase down Interstate 75 were caught on Thursday evening.
Sgt. Lawson Bittick with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office confirms that the final two men wanted were caught and two others were also arrested for attempting to help the men flee the area.
Five men led deputies on a chase down I-75 Thursday morning after the Department of Public Safety attempted to stop a Ford F-150 driving south on I-75 for carrying an unsecured load--a gas tank--in its bed.
Monroe County deputies joined the chase north of Forysth and followed the truck as it exited the interstate into the city.
The truck then crashed and five men ran. By noon, three of the men were caught.
A fourth man was arrested separately because Bittick said that they suspect the man was in Forsyth to pick up the fleeing men and bring them back to Macon.
Those men have been identified as Donnocan Jamal Hicks, 18, Calvin Elston, 21, Nathan Valentino Smith, 21, and Shamontae Montreese Newson, 24. All men are from Macon.
The F-150 was reported stolen from Bibb County on Aug. 1.
Three area schools were placed on lockdown while authorities searched for the two men.
No information about the last two men's arrests was immediately available.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.