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Sardis Police release dash cam video of fatal police chase

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Fox54 posted the dash board of Officer Mark Gatlin's police car. He says he suspected a DUI when he saw the Gold Pontiac Bonneville in the video weaving on Highway 23. Police say Gatlin attempted to pull the car over - but the driver did not stop.

"You can pursue a vehicle up to five miles outside of the city," said Sardis Police Chief Gary Jones. "Certainly, a forcible felony would be of greater distance."

The chase ended on Glisson Road; a dirt road off Creek Road in Girard. Police say the driver lost control of the car and smashed into a tree. Emergency response teams say the driver, Antonio Brigham,  36,and his passenger, Harold Hilton, 66, died from blunt force trauma; taking nearly an hour to extract the two men with the Jaws of Life.

On Glisson Road, a memorial wreath was left in memory of the two men, who family members say were neighbors and good friends.

"He will be missed," said Chantel Dixon, she and Brigham have three children together. "I can honestly say he will be missed."

Chief Gary Jones says he gave Officer Gatlin two days administrative leave after the crash. Hey says Gatlin followed procedure when chasing a suspect: contacting Burke County dispatch, citing where and which direction the officer was chasing the car; describing the vehicle and how fast it was traveling. Offering condolences to the families, he says the incident could have been prevented.

"If there's anything I could say to people who are listening to this: when you see blue lights behind you, PULL OVER," Chief Jones said.

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