Police have arrested one man and issued arrest warrants for two others in connection to the May 28 Fort Benning car chase that involved a shooting.
In Columbus Recorder's Court Friday, 18-year-old Gregory "Noodle" Allridge pleaded not guilty to one count of theft by taking motor vehicle as the person who allegedly drove the stolen 2005 Jeep Cherokee through Fort Benning.
He was placed in the Muscogee County Jail under a $15,000 bond, and the case was bound over to Superior Court.
Arrest warrants were issued for Tyrese Sanks and Zachary Ecklemann after the two allegedly admitted to a confidential informant their involvement in the car chase.
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Police believe they know who the fourth suspect is, but it's still under investigation.
According to Cpl. Nathan Tooley, a 47-year-old man reported about 4:35 p.m. May 27 that his 2005 Jeep Cherokee was stolen in the 300 block of Northstar Drive.
The following day, he borrowed his father's Nissan to search for his vehicle. He found a group of at least four men riding in his Jeep and a chase ensued. Allridge was the one driving the stolen vehicle, police said.
Both vehicles traveled through South Columbus before heading through Fort Benning, where Ecklemann allegedly shot at the victim and the man returned gunfire, Tooley testified.
The gunfight lasted for several minutes, Tooley said. Sanks was reportedly one of the passengers.
No one was injured in the 2:25 p.m. shooting, but residents of Patton Village were ordered to be vigilant while members of the Department of Emergency Services arrested the victim and joined Columbus Police Department to search the area.
Traveling at a high rate of speed, both vehicles went through an exit point on Sand Hill where tires on both vehicles were flattened by the "tiger teeth," said Gary Jones, director of public affairs for the Maneuver Center of Excellence. Both vehicles continued toward the new elementary school construction near Patton Village. Three to five men left the first vehicle and ran into the wood line.
The car theft victim was taken into custody, and a handgun was found in each of the vehicles. He has since been released and faces no charges.