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Authorities: Dawsonville man allegedly tried to run officer off road

A Dawsonville man allegedly attempted to run an officer’s patrol car off the road after a chase through Dawson County entered Hall County on Price Road last year, according to authorities.

Benjamin Ray Holtzclaw, 37, was booked Jan. 4 in to the Hall County Jail and released the next day. Magistrate Court officials said he had asked for a public defender, though one was not listed Wednesday.

Dawson County Sheriff’s Office deputies were pursuing Holtzclaw after 10 p.m. Nov. 18 when his car entered the Hall County area of Ga. 136/Price Road, according to Georgia State Patrol. Dawson County authorities asked Georgia State Patrol to take over the pursuit of the Lincoln Town Car driven by Holtzclaw.

Cpl. Major Patterson said Holtzclaw “intentionally struck a patrol car with his vehicle attempting to run it off the road.”

The chase continued for another 5.5 miles before troopers attempted a precision immobilization technique at Price Road and Fountain Springs Drive. The technique is intended to cause a car to turn sideways, and the Town Car ultimately became “disabled in the ditch,” Patterson said.

Holtzclaw was taken into custody, where he was charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, fleeing or attempting to elude, hit and run, reckless driving and a slew of other traffic-related charges.

Holtzclaw also had an outstanding warrant from Dawson County. Patterson said Dawson County also brought more charges on Holtzclaw, though he was unaware of the specifics.