Video: High-speed police chase sees driver hit over 130mph

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When it comes to car chases, the Americans know how to things properly. Not only do US criminals typically pack a substantial amount of heat, but they also choose oversized, overpowered machinery for their high-speed getaways.

Not to be outdone by the fleeing criminals, US police don't take any prisoners either (figuratively speaking at least), ramming unsuspecting fugitives off the road with just the slightest encouragement.

However, despite American cops' predilection for car-to-car combat, the officers in this video – filmed in the US state of Georgia – weren't as crash-happy as they could have been, tearing after this armed criminal, but not managing to get his car stopped – with force, of course – for a full 50 miles, hitting speeds of up to 130mph on the way.

Wanted for armed robbery, the 22-year-old suspect, William Owens, had stolen a man's wallet, phone and Toyota Tundra pickup, after pointing a gun – which later turned out to be a realistic-looking BB gun – at the victim.

With the criminal racing down rural roads and through busy urban streets, the chase makes for dramatic viewing. However, police eventually managed to contain the rampaging driver, after boxing him in with a number of vehicles and leaping from their cars, guns drawn.

Owens has since been charged with a long list of offences, including armed robbery, hijacking and aggravated assault.