Police chief: Officer followed procedures in fatal pursuit

Published On: Nov 14 2012 06:36:50 PM EST
Updated On: Nov 15 2012 10:45:01 AM EST
Candice Smith

Glynn County Police Department booking photo of Candice Smith from 2003 arrest

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -

An officer pursuing a car that crashed into a private ambulance, killing three in the car early Tuesday morning did nothing wrong, according to a preliminary report, Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering said.

The chase lasted two to three minutes and stretched four to five miles before ending just before 1 a.m. on Golden Isle Parkway near Cypress Mill Road, Doering said.

Candice Smith, 29, the driver of the car, was killed, along with her two passengers, 33-year-olds Corey Lee Lemon and Cedric Daniels.

Police said an officer saw the car stopped at a stop sign and not moving for several minutes, and he put his spotlight on the car. The driver had her head down, and when the light hit her, she took off, police said.

Police estimated the car was going about 100 mph when it slammed into the ambulance.

Smith was driving a dark, small car, which fit the description of a car seen in the area where there has been a string of car break-ins around the county, Doering said.

Doering said that after the chase, police found nothing in the car driven that showed criminal wrongdoing.

Smith had a lengthy arrest history dating back to 1999, including two DUI arrests last year and an arrest for burglary, plus various traffic offenses.

Doering said state and federal laws allow officers to chase a suspect at their own discretion. They do have to get permission from their supervisor, which the officer in this case did, Doering said.

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