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BETHLEHEM -- A robbery suspect who led authorities on a high-speed chase Sunday died when his car left the road and crashed into a tree on Ga. Highway 11.

Durwin Anthony Schofield, 41, of Winder, was ejected from his car after a Georgia state trooper used a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver to end the 10-mile pursuit that involved three law enforcement agencies.

At about 2 p.m., Walton County authorities responded to a report of an armed robbery at a Dollar General near Monroe. Moments later, a Walton County deputy began tailing Schofield because his car fit the description of the getaway vehicle, reports said.

A Monroe police officer soon joined in.

As the chase headed toward Barrow County, authorities said, Schofield's reckless driving gave the trooper little choice but to try and get Schofield off the road.

Schofield was taken to Barrow Medical Center where he later died.

Schofield is also believed to have robbed the Bethlehem Dollar General on the morning of Dec. 16, walking in and demanding money before fleeing on foot.

Authorities said Schofield was gone by the time deputies arrived. The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department brought in its K9 unit but was unable to locate Schofield, reports said.

No one was hurt in the incident and the robber never showed a weapon, but police immediately released a suspect description in hopes of nabbing him.

Schofield was reportedly also wanted in connection with another Barrow County robbery.