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Posted: January 30, 2009 12:00 a.m.

Deputies assist in speedy car chase

Pursuit began in Social Circle

 An Augusta man was arrested and charged with multiple offenses after leading deputies from several counties on a high speed chase for more than 50 miles.

Jesus Andres Diaz, age 27, reportedly began fleeing from deputies in Social Circle when they attempted to stop him for speeding at around 3:09 a.m. on Jan. 23. Diaz entered Newton County at roughly 3:15 a.m. on Interstate 20, heading west toward Atlanta, according to Newton County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Mitchell.

"Our units were able to assist Social Circle in its chase," Mitchell said.

Deputies joined in the chase near mile marker 84 near the Salem Road exit.

During the course of the chase Diaz allegedly swerved toward a NCSO deputy in an aggressive manner, attempting to strike the deputy’s vehicle with his Chevrolet Monte Carlo. He also reportedly slammed on his brakes several times and appeared to be trying to get deputies to rear-end his vehicle.

The chase continued into Rockdale, DeKalb, Fulton and Cobb counties before Diaz was finally stopped, according to Mitchell. Deputies from each county, as well as troopers with the Georgia State Patrol, assisted in the chase at various times. A pit maneuver was attempted on Akers Mill Road in as well but was reportedly unsuccessful.

Diaz finally drove his vehicle down a dead end road and was forced to stop. According to Mitchell, Diaz resisted but was taken into custody after a brief scuffle.

In Newton County, Diaz is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, felony fleeing to elude, reckless driving, speeding, no insurance and driving with a suspended license.

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