Dep. Sheldon Whiteman was killed when his vehicle left the roadway during a pursuit and crashed. - Photo: Long County (GA) Sheriff's Office

Dep. Sheldon Whiteman was killed when his vehicle left the roadway during a pursuit and crashed.

Photo: Long County (GA) Sheriff's Office

A Long County, GA, deputy was killed early Thursday morning while assisting in a vehicle pursuit.

According to Coastal News Service and Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles, a deputy who was assisting in a vehicle pursuit on Highway 57 was killed when his vehicle left the roadway, reports WTOC.

Georgia State Police said the pursuit began in Ludowici around 3 a.m. when a Ludowici officer spotted a motorist running stop signs in the city. The officer began to pursue the driver on Highway 57 in the direction of McIntosh County.

The Long County deputy, identified as Sheldon Whiteman via the Coastal News Service, had just joined the chase when he apparently lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the wood line. According to Sheriff Nobles, Whiteman's car traveled an estimated 100 feet before coming to a stop.

Whiteman was transported to Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville where he died from his injuries. According to Sheriff Nobles, Whiteman had been with the sheriff's office for four months. He was previously a deputy in Chatham County.

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