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Arrest made in game of 'chicken' case

Police say man drove head-on toward patrol car

POSTED: November 19, 2007 5:03 a.m.

A Gainesville man who police say eluded capture for two days after playing a high-speed game of "chicken" with a Gwinnett County officer was arrested Tuesday night in Oakwood.

Edelmiro Gonzales Jr., 26, was wanted on charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer, fleeing and eluding and reckless driving, said Lt. Scott Ware, Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad commander. The MANS unit helped Gwinnett police track down Gonzales to the Crawford Oaks apartments, where he was found sitting in a parked Honda about 6 p.m. Tuesday, Ware said.

Gonzales ran from the car when officers approached, but was quickly captured, Ware said. Two women suspected of helping him hide were also arrested.

Taraka Rachel Lemming, 20, of Lawrenceville and Kimberly Hope Woodfin, 22, of Flowery Branch were charged with hindering the apprehension of a fugitive.

Ware said Gonzales was being pursued Sunday by Gwinnett police when he drove to the end of a residential cul-de-sac and turned out his headlights. Gonzales then allegedly gunned his engine and headed straight toward the pursuing patrol car at an estimated 80 mph, Ware said. The officer avoided the collision.

Gwinnett police took Gonzales back to Gwinnett County.

The two women were booked into the Hall County jail.


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