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Covington man leads NCSO on interstate chase
Interstate 20
Interstate 20 covers 202 miles in Georgia with Social Circle in the midpoint. - photo by David Clemons

COVINGTON, Ga. – A 21-year-old Covington man is facing several charges after leading deputies on a high-speed chase on Interstate 20 Monday.

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office using radar on the interstate near the Almon Road exit attempted to pull over a Hyundai Elantra for speeding when the driver, reported as Marvin Othel Hamilton, reportedly “disregarded all emergency equipment and began fleeing at a high rate of speed,” according to a NCSO incident report.

NCSO Investigator Jeff Alexander said Hamilton lost control of his vehicle on Alcovy Road at the interstate exit due to his high rate of speed. Hamilton then reportedly fled on foot.

“At the time deputies were effecting the arrest, the suspect became combative and made verbal threats to the deputies,” Alexander said noting there were no reported injuries to the deputies.

Hamilton was arrested and charged with criminal use of an article with altered ID mark (other than motor vehicle), driving under the influence of alcohol, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer for a felony offense, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession and use of drug-related objects, possession of a firearm/knife during commission of or attempt to commit a felony, reckless driving, simple assault on officer, speeding – 15 to 24 over (89/70), terroristic threats and acts, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, driving while license suspended/revoked and probation violation.