Suspects crash stolen van in Hapeville, 1 still at large

7:05 AM, Sep 24, 2013   |    comments
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HAPEVILLE, Ga. -- Atlanta police officers were unable to find one man involved in stolen vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Hapeville. 

Three men were driving the white Plymouth minivan on Hapeville Road when they were spotted by an officer. 

Capt. Scott Kreher of the Atlanta Police Department said while a supervisor was on routine work, he noticed a suspicious vehicle driving down the street.

"At the second stop sign that he came to, the sergeant noticed that it went ahead and turned off all its lights, and began to go at a high rate of speed," Kreher said.  

The sergeant called for more officers to help, and he followed the van. When he approached a sharp turn on Waters Road, he realized the minivan had crashed into some trees. 

Of the three suspects in the minivan, two were hurt in the collision, while a third remains at large. The two injured suspects were taken to Grady Hospital. 

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Shortly after, one had moved into stable condition with injuries to his leg. The other was seriously hurt and immediately taken in for surgery. 

In the van, officers found two handguns, Kreher said. They also discovered that the van had been stolen out of DeKalb County the Sunday before. 

Officers will continue investigation and work to find the third suspect. 

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