Hit and Run Suspect Apprehended in Cumming

Hit and Run Suspect Apprehended in Cumming

A man involved in a crash on Ga. 400 fled the scene Monday afternoon, only to be captured by Forsyth County sheriff’s deputies following a three-hour pursuit, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office reports.

The incident began around 3 p.m. on Ga. 400 near Lake Lanier bridge in Cumming. 24-year-old Tyler O’Donnell of Dawsonville ran his Dodge Dakota pickup off the road, crashed into a guard rail, and proceeded to flee the scene on foot.

Several units soon arrived on scene, and deputies set up a perimeter. K-9 units were also deployed to track the hit and run suspect.

O’Donnell attempted to avoid capture by swimming across Lake Lanier. Deputies quickly tracked him down on a boat and cornered the suspect on a wooded peninsula.

Forsyth County News reports that a witness saw O’Donnell driving just before he crashed. The witness says that O’Donnell was asleep at the wheel of his truck. He says he blew his horn to wake O’Donnell up, which is when the Dodge veered off the road.

O’Donnell has a considerable criminal history. According to FCSO deputy Epifanio Rodriguez, the suspect’s past indiscretions include theft, burglary, and drug related charges.

After taking the suspect into custody, the FCSO turned him over to the Georgia State Patrol, who has jurisdiction over the accident scene.

Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Robin Stone says that O’Donnell has been charged with hit and run, failure to maintain lane, failure to notify owner upon striking a fixture, and driving with a suspended license. All of these crimes are misdemeanors in Georgia.

O’Donnell currently remains in the Forsyth County jail on $3,140 bond. He was also placed under a 24 hour hold on Monday.

Ga. 400 was reduced to one lane Monday afternoon as sheriff’s deputies and patrol officers worked the scene.

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