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A man crashed a stolen car into a tree on Wilmington Island.

Police say Javell Demetrius Wright, 20, of a Pinetree Road address had sped away from a traffic stop on East Victory Drive. He reached speeds in excess of 120 MPH before he missed a curve and struck a tree on the 7100 block of Johnny Mercer Boulevard about 1:30 a.m.

The 2012 Ford Fusion he was driving had been reported stolen about 11 p.m. on Texas Avenue from a 30-year-old woman who said she was texting on her cell phone when two masked men approached. They forced her out of the car at gunpoint, and sped away in it, taking her purse with them.

Islands Precinct patrol officers spotted the car at Whatley Street and Victory Drive and attempted to stop it before it sped away and crashed. Wright ran from the scene and was pursued on foot by officers who caught and arrested him.
He has been charged with theft by receiving stolen property, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude a police officer, driving with a suspended drivers license, reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions and failure to stop at a stop sign.

• A shooting left one man dead, after a resident defended his home. Just before 2 p.m., officers were dispatched to 1475 Benton Blvd. after receiving a call from a man claiming he had been involved in a shooting.

On scene they discovered Rufus Lee Harris, 25, suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Officers also discovered a running vehicle with some “questionable items” inside.

The complainant told police that a man arrived at his door and knocked and knocked and knocked. He became suspicious because the man refused to go away, so he got his personal weapon. When he finally opened the door he discovered Harris standing outside his door holding a shotgun. When confronted by Harris the complainant shot him and called police.

Harris was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he died. This is an ongoing investigation and police are continuing to look for witnesses that may have heard or seen anything.

• A 44-year-old Pooler man received serious injuries when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a pickup truck that turned in front of him.

Parvel Leon of Lake Pointe Drive in Pooler was traveling east on Robert B. Miller Road about 11:41 a.m. and the pickup driven by Robert Cressey, 48, of Statesboro was westbound when the pickup turned left into the employee entrance of Gulfstream in front of the motorcycle. The motorcycle struck the right side of the pickup, throwing Leon into the west bound lanes.

• A woman and man extricated from a pickup truck and the driver of the car that collided with it were treated at a hospital after a two-vehicle crash at Ogeechee and Cottonvale roads.

Stephanie Oglesby, 49, and John Dunn, 56, each of Dove Field Drive addresses, escaped serious injury when the Ford Ranger pickup she was driving turned on its side after the collision with a car driven by Kristen Anne Boswell, 27, of a Carlisle Lane address.

Southside Fire and Emergency Services responders removed the top of the truck to allow the passengers to be rescued.