When the owner of the truck yelled at the man inside the vehicle, the subject ran to a gray Honda Civic and fled the scene; the victim chased the vehicle giving directions to central dispatch along the way.
Centre Police Chief Kirk Blankenship spotted the Honda on Highway 9 South, at the intersection with East Main; as Blankenship began pursuit of the vehicle the driver – later identified as James Joshua Fair – stuck a pistol out the window and fired one shot.
The Honda was brought to a stop at the intersection of Highway 9 and County Road 71, at which time both Fair and a passenger in the vehicle, Leslie Irene Tate, were taken into custody.
The firearm, a.38 caliber revolver – had been tossed out during the chase but was soon recovered in a residents’ yard.
During questioning – Detective Jeff Bryant thought he recognized Fair as the individual who had burglarized several vehicles on July 25th at the Centre locations of Wal-Mart, K-Mart and Jack’s
Both Fair and Tate then admitted to being involved in those thefts. Additionally a confession was obtained for a number of other car break-in’s in Oxford, Anniston, Gadsden and Alexandria. The recovered firearm had been stolen from Oxford on Wednesday (August 21st) of this week from a vehicle in a restaurant parking lot.
Both Fair & Tate are being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center and additional charges could be forthcoming.
At approximately the same time Thursday afternoon Leesburg Police responded to a call of a self –inflicted gunshot wound; the male subject was air-lifted to an area trauma center from Leesburg and that case remains under investigation.