Muscle car stolen on test drive at Forsyth County dealership, 2 in custody
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Two men were arrested after deputies said they attempted to take a car on a permanent test drive at a Forsyth County dealership on Tuesday afternoon.
It happened at the Don Jackson North car dealership located on Georgia 400.
“Stealing a car at 4 p.m. on a Tuesday afternoon in Forsyth…really? the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office posted the car theft on their Facebook.
Deputies said they responded to a 911 call reporting that two men had come to the dealership in a red Camaro. One of the men went for a test drive of a black 2018 Dodge Charger and deputies said when the salesman tried to get into the passenger seat, the man started the car and accelerated.
“We just hopped someone into a car and took off,” the dealership told the 911 operator. “They’re going down the Georgia 400 south with a red Camaro following them.”
The sheriff’s office released the 911 call and video of the two arresting deputies.
“These guys were unaware that several of our deputies were in the area ending up in a traffic accident and were able to quickly make contact with the red Camaro a few miles away at Martin Road,” wrote the sheriff’s office.
“They’re coming to Church on Martin,” the deputy chasing them was heard saying on video. “…is in contact with a red Camaro.
A Forsyth County deputy orders the driver of a Camaro wanted in connection with a car theft to remove his hands from the car after a brief chase on February 8, 2022. (Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office)
As the deputy walks out, the video reveals that the red Camaro has come face to face with the deputy’s patrol car. The deputy pulls out her gun and orders the driver to “raise your hands, raise your hands, raise your hands”. The driver quickly complies with the deputy’s order to roll down the window and put his hands out of the window.
Investigators say the Camaro was stolen in DeKalb County.
Meanwhile, the stolen black Charger continues down Martin Road, but eventually crashes. The driver runs, but he probably didn’t know he was heading straight for a sergeant sitting in the wash bay of the nearby Auto Craze Car Wash, as is routine at the start of a shift.
A Forsyth County sergeant spots a suspect wanted in a car theft as he waits for his car to be washed at the start of his shift on February 8, 2022. (Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office)
The sergeant’s dash cam video shows the car wash spraying a rinse on the patrol car as radio traffic calls out the location of the suspect. On the left side of the screen, the suspect can be seen running past. With drops of water on the windshield and not waiting for it to be blown off by the car wash, the sergeant goes no further than 15 feet and jumps off.
“One in custody…at…car wash,” can be heard over the radio moments later after a brief foot chase.
“Both suspects were arrested in just 23 minutes,” the sheriff’s office wrote.
The Charger’s driver, Quantavy Terrell, 29, of Decatur, was charged with theft while taking, theft and possession of a stolen vehicle, disobeying the lane and reckless driving.
Camaro driver Jaequon Cheeks, 24, of Atlanta, was arrested and charged with theft by taking, robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime.
Both were incarcerated in Forsyth County Jail. Terrell was being held without bond. Cheek was given $44,390 bond.
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