Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Crime & Courts

One killed, 2 in custody after high-speed crash in stolen car in DeKalb County

See also

A passenger was killed and the driver arrested after a high-speed wreck in a stolen vehicle Tuesday morning in DeKalb County.

Police said Mr. Sterling Shabazz, who according to media reports was armed with a gun, was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, theft by receiving motor vehicle, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane and driving on a suspended license.

Around 10 a.m., an officer spotted a Toyota Camry leaving an apartment complex off Memorial Drive at a high rate of speed, according to DeKalb County police.

“We think something transpired at the complex and they were fleeing the scene,” Capt. Fore said.
Suspicious, the officer followed and a short time later came upon the scene of the crash, Capt. Fore said.

The Toyota had been driving erratically on U.S. 78 and had forced several vehicles off the road, according to media reports.

The vehicle had crossed the median, went airborne and struck a tree near East Ponce De Leon Avenue ramp, the captain said.

The officer provided aid to an unidentified female passenger and took that passenger into custody, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The officer also called for backup to search for the driver, who had run into the nearby woods. He was later taken into custody after a search by dozens of officers.

Mr. Michael Holt, 45, was critically injured and later died en route to the hospital, police spokeswoman Ms. Mekka Parish told the AJC.

Investigators later determined that the car was reported stolen out of DeKalb County, Capt. Fore said.

Receive daily news stories and stay current by clicking on the subscribe button at the top of the article and get automatic updates via email each time a new article is published. You may also get quick updates on articles as well as read more local news stories at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Atlanta-Public-Safety-Examiner/19583707047.

Advertisement

News

  • Gaza conflict
    Israel official: Ceasefire and expanding Gaza conflict are both being discussed
    Video
    Video
  • Air Algerie crash
    Conflicting reports about the Air Algerie disappearance begin to emerge
    Top News
  • Arizona execution
    A Senator familiar with torture denounces Joseph Wood's botched execution as such
    US News
  • Ray Rice suspended
    Ravens' running back Ray Rice is suspended for two games for a domestic violence arrest
    Sports
  • Amazon tribe falls ill
    An Amazonian tribe catches influenza after making first contact with the developed world
    Headlines
  • CIA prison in Poland
    Poland is declared guilty of human rights violations for hosting a secret CIA prison
    Video
    Video