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Two-state chase leads to one suspect's arrest

  • Melvin Maurice Morrell /Photo Chatham County Sheriff’s Office

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office received a call early Tuesday morning about a suspected burglary at Cooler’s Grocery Store that eventually led to the arrest of a Savannah man following a car chase involving multiple agencies, the Sheriff's Office said.

Around 5 a.m., a passerby called 911 and said they saw two men had broken into Cooler’s Grocery Store at 4 Coosaw Scenic Drive in Ridgeland and were in the process of burglarizing the business. The caller gave a detailed description of the suspect’s vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and the Ridgeland Police Department had officers in the area and located the suspect’s vehicle a short time after it left the scene. Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle but the suspects refused to stop, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A pursuit began on Interstate 95 near Exit 28. Deputies chased the vehicle into Georgia where the suspect’s vehicle crashed. With help from their K9, Jasper County deputies caught one of the two suspects, Melvin Morrell, 26, of Savannah.

Morrell faces multiple charges from Georgia and also burglary and fleeing charges, the Sheriff’s Office said. The second suspect remains at large.

Jasper County Sheriff Chris Malphrus said the suspects attempted to take the ATM at Cooler’s Store but nothing was reported stolen.

The suspects are thought to be involved in multiple burglaries in the Lowcountry and Savannah area, the Sheriff’s Office said. The vehicle the suspects were driving was stolen from Savannah, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Malphrus thanks the Ridgeland Police Department and the Hardeeville Police Department for their assistance.

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