SAVANNAH, GA. (January 8, 2014): A Savannah man remains under guard at a hospital after crashing a stolen car in an attempt to avoid a police officer who was not pursuing him Wednesday morning.
Ronald Antwan Grady, 30, of the 1400 block of East 36th Street was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition following surgery after the 10:28 a.m. crash at Augusta Avenue and Millen Street.
Downtown Precinct Patrol Officers had saturated the west Savannah area searching for him after he ran from the stolen red Ford Focus he had driven through the intersection trying to avoid a traffic officer in the area.
Officers from the Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department said Grady was traveling eastbound on Augusta Avenue at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the Ford and struck a utility pole. The impact caused the car to spin into a tree and another pole and came to rest on the driver’s door side.
Grady attempted to flee but residents in the area directed another responding officer to a house where he found Grady on the front porch.
The car had been reported stolen from the grounds of a business in the 600 block of West 51st Street Tuesday after an employee had left the keys in the ignition. It was destroyed in the crash.
Grady was released from prison Nov. 4, 2013, after serving a 10-year sentence for burglary, theft, aggravated assault and kidnapping in 2003.