A motorcycle led police on a chase through two counties before crashing in northern Forsyth the night of May 30, according to Forsyth County News.
The chase began when the driver of the motorcycle, 31-year-old Drew Johnston of Kennesaw, refused to pull over for a Georgia State Patrol trooper on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville. GSP Sergeant Tim Meyer says that Johnston’s motorcycle did not have any tags displayed.
Johnston fled from the trooper, and three more patrol officers joined in the chase. After they crossed into Forsyth County, one trooper drove in front of Johnston in an attempt to slow him down.
The motorcycle slowed to about ten miles per hour, but Johnston tried to pass the patrol car. Johnston’s vehicle struck the car and overturned into a ditch along Anderson Lake Road.
Johnston reportedly resisted arrest and troopers had to use a Taser to subdue him. He was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries.
At the time of his arrest, Johnston was in possession of methamphetamine, an open container of alcohol, a firearm, and “several bundles” of cash.
He faces a slew of felony and misdemeanor charges, including driving under the influence, trafficking in methamphetamine, felony fleeing, reckless driving, and several additional traffic violations. Johnston is currently being detained at Hall County Jail.
No one else, including law enforcement personnel, was injured in the chase or accident.
According to Deputy Epifanio Rodriguez, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office assisted with diverting traffic on Anderson Lake Road after the accident.
Criminal pursuits can be dangerous affairs for all who are on the roads, not just law enforcement and suspects. A 2015 report by USA Today revealed that in the past thirty years over 5,000 bystanders have been killed and another 10,000 injured in wrecks that resulted from high speed pursuits.
On April 7, a Forsyth County woman was sent to the hospital after her vehicle was struck by a car fleeing Forsyth County sheriff’s deputies. At the time, her injuries were reported as not life threatening.
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