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Man allegedly steals beer, leads deputies on high-speed chase

Donnie Hand. (Bibb County Sheriff's Office)

MACON, Ga. (WGXA) - Three people were arrested following the theft of beer from a Macon convenience store.

According to a Bibb County Sheriff's Office incident report, a deputy responded to the Quick Zip on Pio Nono Avenue around 6 p.m. on Saturday in reference to a theft.

The store clerk told the deputy that a man had taken a 20-pack of Bud Light from the store and sped away in a vehicle. Surveillance footage showed that the thief had driven off in a vehicle that came back as having been stolen less than four hours earlier. The suspect in that auto theft was Donnie Hand, who was positively identified as the beer thief.

A short time later, the deputy spotted the vehicle and attempted to stop it. Hand then led the deputy on a chase, reaching speeds of up to 70 mph in neighborhoods and 100 mph on the highway. He was also able to avoid stop sticks placed by deputies at South Walden and Houston roads.

Hand was eventually stopped in the back parking lot of a State Farm on Hartley Bridge Road.

Deputies struggled to get Hand out of the vehicle and eventually used a stun gun three times before he complied.

Hand was taken to the hospital and treated before being booked on several charges, including shoplifting and theft by taking auto. He also had a valid warrant out for a probation violation.

Two men who were in the vehicle with Hand at the time of the chase, Ronnie Hall and Willie Sanford, were also arrested on active warrants for probation violations. A third passenger in the vehicle was released after it was determined that she was not involved in the decision to lead deputies on a chase.

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