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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Georgia

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Jury Convicts Armed Felon Who Led Police On Interstate Chase

Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that a jury in Athens, Georgia today convicted James Marcus Lloyd, III, age 41 from Charleston, South Carolina of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On June 24, 2013, Mr. Lloyd was stopped by a deputy with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office on Interstate 20 for several traffic violations.  As the deputy stepped from his police car, Mr. Lloyd drove off, leading the police on a high-speed chase.  During the chase, which reached speeds of 95 miles per hour, Mr. Lloyd passed numerous vehicles in the emergency lane, including semi-trailer tanker trucks.  Eventually, Mr. Lloyd abandoned his car in the median of the Interstate and fled on foot before being caught and arrested by the police.  In the path that Mr. Lloyd ran, a short distance from his car, the police found a loaded, semi-automatic 9mm pistol.

“James Marcus Lloyd, III, endangered innocent motorists and law enforcement with his high-speed flight from the police, and he endangered the community at large as a felon who possessed a firearm,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.  “With this jury verdict, he will be held accountable for both.”

The case was investigated by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorneys Tamara Jarrett and Peter Leary are handling the prosecution for the Government.

Inquiries regarding the case should be directed to Pam Lightsey at the United States Attorney’s Office at 478-752-3511.

Updated March 4, 2015