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Hit-and-run driver caught after chase
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A Conyers man was arrested late Sunday night for leading authorities on a high-speed chase on Ga. Highway 138 and then leaving the scene of an accident.

John David Slaughter, 46, was apprehended in the backyard of a house near the Rockdale Alliance Church on Old Salem Road around 11:30 p.m.

According to the arrest report, a Conyers Police Department officer first noticed inoperable taillights on the white Mercury sedan driven by Slaughter on Interstate 20. The officer attempted to stop Slaughter, who allegedly drove through the Krystal parking lot and back onto Ga. Highway 138, travelling at a high rate of speed before driving through the TJ Maxx parking lot and onto Flat Shoals.

The officer was advised to discontinue pursuit and moments later a hit-and-run accident involving a white Mercury was reported at the intersection of Flat Shoals and Old Salem Roads. The caller also reported the vehicle had pulled behind the church located near the intersection. Upon arrival, officers located the car and then apprehended Slaughter in a nearby yard.

Slaughter was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol-concentration is 0.08 grams or more within three hours or more, Driving Without Taillights, Fleeing/Attempting to Elude A Police Officer, Duty to Stop at Accident (Hit & Run, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Misdemeanor Willful Obstruction of Law Enforcement Officers and Failure to yield right of way at intersection.

The couple in the vehicle which was hit at the intersection did not report any injuries at the scene.