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K-9 helps catch car theft suspect

POSTED: October 25, 2008 5:00 a.m.

A Gainesville woman who led sheriff’s officials on a car chase before crashing her car and fleeing on foot was arrested after being bitten by a police dog Tuesday, officials said.

Jessica Gisel Flores, 21, was charged with theft by taking motor vehicle, fleeing and eluding and misdemeanor obstruction of an officer, Hall County sheriff’s Sgt. Kiley Sargent said

Sargent said authorities were called to a Bob Bryant Road home shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday in reference to the theft of a car. A person said a 1987 Buick Century was stolen.

At about 1:30 p.m., a deputy spotted the stolen car on Harmony Church Road and tried to pull the driver over. The driver would not pull over and a short chase ensued. The woman then crashed the car off the side of the road near Harmony Woods subdivision and ran into nearby woods, Sargent said. Police dogs were called in, and the woman was bitten by a dog in the lower leg during her capture, Sargent said.

Flores was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Lanier Park campus for treatment of the dog bite wound and then to the Hall County jail.



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