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Fleeing Felon and His Dog Rescued from Burning Car by Police

Brookhaven officers rescued wanted felon, Donald Jason Miles, 28, from a burning car Saturday before arresting him after he led officers on a high-speed chase through Brookhaven and DeKalb County.

Brookhaven officers rescued wanted felon, Donald Jason Miles, 28, from a burning car Saturday before arresting him after he led officers on a high-speed chase through Brookhaven and DeKalb County. Credit: Brookhaven Police Department
Brookhaven officers rescued wanted felon, Donald Jason Miles, 28, from a burning car Saturday before arresting him after he led officers on a high-speed chase through Brookhaven and DeKalb County. Credit: Brookhaven Police Department

Police chasing a wanted felon on Saturday rescued the injured suspect and his dog after the fleeing man’s car crashed into a utility pole.

Brookhaven officers rescued wanted felon, Donald Jason Miles, 28, from a burning car Saturday before arresting him after he led officers on a high-speed chase through Brookhaven and DeKalb County. While responding to an armed robbery call in the North Druid Hills Road area, officers noticed a vehicle with stolen tags parked at a nearby hotel.

While officers were attempting to set up surveillance, the vehicle left the parking lot. An attempt to stop the car led to a pursuit across the I-85 bridge. After several minutes, the driver crashed head-on into a utility pole at the intersection of North Druid Hills Road and Clairmont Road, police said.

Brookhaven Officer David Fikes, who was first to arrive on the scene, realized the suspect’s vehicle was filling with smoke and an unresponsive Miles was laying across the center console. With assistance from other officers, Fikes began breaking windows and managed to pry the suspect from the vehicle, along with a dog that was found on the passenger-side floorboard.

Moments after both Miles and the dog were removed from the car, it became engulfed in flames.

Miles was placed under arrest and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for injuries suffered in the crash. He has been charged with theft, fleeing and attempting to elude police, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and reckless driving, as well as additional charges related to a suspected carjacking incident in Sandy Springs and outstanding warrants from Roswell and Georgia Parole.

The dog was treated on-site for smoke inhalation and was taken to Briarcliff Animal Hospital for further veterinary evaluation.

Road Scholar March 11, 2014 at 09:21 AM
I share Elizabeth's desire to hear more about the dog. Is it ok? Has it been bailed out? Does it have a home now?
petluvr March 11, 2014 at 10:37 AM
I am glad the dog was saved.
kmbrookhaven March 11, 2014 at 12:41 PM
The dog was at Briarcliff Animal Clinic, and should survive just fine. The perp was not his true owner, so he won't be retrieving the dog - that's up to the real owner. So at the moment, you can call and inquire as to his status.
Ryan March 11, 2014 at 05:15 PM
"E Pluribus Unum" March 11, 2014 at 06:32 AM Good job police...random question here. Once the perp leaves the city of Brookhaven, how far and long can Brookhaven police pursue the bad guy (and dog) into DeKalb County? Thank you. An officer can follow a vehicle for as long as they feel necessary. Once in pursuit, they can go anywhere, even across state lines, to apprehend the offender. The only thing constraining the officer is policy and fuel (though if they run out, another officer or agency can continue it).
"E Pluribus Unum" March 11, 2014 at 05:26 PM
Ryan...thank you very much.

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