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Man Arrested After Nearly Crashing Into Patrol Car

The man was charged with DUI.

The DUI Task Force was called to investigate after a Buford, Ga. man allegedly narrowly avoided hitting a patrol car. Credit: Kristi Reed
The DUI Task Force was called to investigate after a Buford, Ga. man allegedly narrowly avoided hitting a patrol car. Credit: Kristi Reed
A Buford man may have avoided striking a Gwinnett County Police cruiser, but he failed to avoid a trip to the Gwinnett County Jail after the near collision on Jan. 11.

A Gwinnett County Police officer was traveling on Auburn Road near Old Fountain Road when a red Saab driven by Jonathon Liston, 25, of Buford, reportedly pulled out of the Shell station at the intersection and nearly struck the cruiser, which was traveling towards Braselton Highway, on the front driver's side quarter panel.

The officer initiated a traffic stop and, upon speaking with Liston, reportedly noticed an odor of alcohol. The officer asked Liston if he had been drinking and when Liston admitted he had, the officer contacted a member of the GCPD DUI Task Force to take over the investigation.

The DUI Task Force officer determined Liston had been driving under the influence and placed him under arrest.

"The driver refused to give a breath sample, so I obtained a search warrant for his blood," the officer wrote. "Ten Eight Forensic dispatched a nurse who completed the blood alcohol kit."

Liston was transported to the Gwinnett County Jail and cited for DUI and failure to yield. He was released on a $2,074 bond later that morning.

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