Deputies with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man Saturday morning for attempting to flee the scene of an accident after he wrecked his vehicle and injured three passengers.
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Forsyth County News reports that the man, 23-year-old Jay Fields of Dawsonville, was traveling on Truman Mountain Road in northern Forsyth County at approximately 11:30 a.m. when the car he was driving crossed the center line and nearly struck a Dawson County deputy’s patrol car.
The deputy radioed a Forsyth County deputy further down the road, who waited for Fields to drive by, but the car never arrived.
Field crashed his vehicle into a tree on the side of the road, where he exited the car and fled the scene.
An additional deputy was called to the scene, along with a police dog. After a quick search, Fields was found hiding under a nearby deck and arrested.
All of Field’s passengers reported injuries due to the accident. Two had to be transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, including one that had to be freed from the passenger’s seat by the Forsyth County Fire Department.
Fields was found to have an outstanding warrant in Forsyth County for identity fraud. He was charged with hit and run, failure to maintain lane, and driving on a suspended license.
He remains in Forsyth County Jail on $3,745 bail.
Authorities have not yet released the cause of the accident and are still investigating the incident.
If convicted of hit and run, Fields will face a fine between $300 and $1,000 and jail time up to 12 months.