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Man: Fleeing Cop Car was 'Act of Desperation' Over Broken Headlight

Inside Police Reports: Charges included DUI, eluding police.

Gwinnett County Police car.
Gwinnett County Police car.

A Dacula man told police he tried to flee when he saw the blue lights come on behind him in “an act of desperation.”

The man, who was stopped on Feb. 5 near Braselton Highway and Stancil Road, said he didn’t want a ticket for a broken headlight.

According to a Gwinnett Police incident report, police followed a Corolla from the QT gas station at Hamilton Mill Road and Braselton Highway. The car had one headlight out and no working tail lights.

The officer followed the car, which turned right onto Braselton Highway without stopping and accelerated quickly away.

The car then turned sharply onto Stancil Drive without signaling. When the driver turned off all the lights “in an attempt to disappear in the darkness,” the officer turned on his blue lights.

The driver turned down a long driveway off Stancil and continued until a locked gate prevented him from going any farther.

According to the incident report, the driver said he saw the police car follow him from the QT and didn’t stop later when the blue lights went on, “because my headlights were out and I did not want to get a ticket. It was an act of desperation.”

The officer smelled alcohol on the driver’s breath. He said he didn’t have anything to drink, but he later registered a .13 on an alco sensor machine.

He was charged with DUI, eluding police and traffic offenses.

KELLI February 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM
That driver broke 'many' laws and was a danger to others. Throw his butt in jail for a long time and make sure he even losses his license, before he kills others. He is a menace and an idiot. To not replace all those outed lights on his vehicle (which didn't happen all at once by the way), and drive drunk on top of that is a serious problem!
april strozier March 03, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Haha I know the feeling but he should have known that you don't get yourself IN trouble trying to run AWAY from trouble.

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