A suspect who led authorities on a high-speed chase overnight that resulted in a crash that claimed the life of the Montgomery County sheriff has been arrested after being on the run for about 12 hours. It started as a traffic stop in Toombs County. Deputies tried to pull a vehicle over, but it took off instead and a chase ensued. The suspects in the fleeing vehicle were identified as 35-year-old Jim Edward Lowery and 36-year-old Dixie Best. At one point, Lowery and Best reportedly fired shots at the deputies.
Montgomery County Sheriff Ladson O’Connor had joined the chase as backup when it came his way. A crash occurred during the chase on Georgia Highway 56 near the Toombs/Montgomery County line. Officials confirmed that the crash took the life of Sheriff O’Conner. It is still unknown what caused the sheriff to crash at this time. Deputies, state troopers and SWAT team members assembled a massive manhunt for Lowery by land and by air. Best was arrested right away, but Lowery remained on the run for more nearly 12 hours. He was captured an arrested around 9:15 a.m. A man in the McNatt Falls community spotted Lowery and called for help.