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Authorities: Gainesville man strikes patrol car twice
State Patrol says convicted felon tried to ditch guns out window

A Gainesville man is accused of striking a Georgia State Patrol corporal with his car twice while evading a traffic stop, according to authorities.

Casey Thomason, 31, was charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer and reckless driving.

State patrol Cpl. Nick Jenkins said he was attempting a traffic stop around 7 p.m. Thursday on a green Honda Accord driven by Thomason on Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville.

“As I initiated my emergency lights, the driver used his right-turn signal before turning right onto Old Cornelia Highway,” Jenkins wrote in an email.

Jenkins said the driver drove at a speed less than 30 mph but did not yield to his emergency lights.

“The driver steered towards me striking my patrol car in the rear passenger’s side quarter panel with the front quarter panel on the Honda Accord,” Jenkins wrote.

The corporal said the driver hit his patrol car a second time “as the driver made an attempt to accelerate (past) my patrol car.”

Jenkins “engaged the Honda Accord with the push bumper,” which forced the driver to stop.

Another trooper and two Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted Jenkins in taking Thomason into custody.

“The driver, a convicted felon with active warrants from the Georgia Department of Pardons and Parole, attempted to discard two handguns from the passenger’s side window of the Honda Accord,” Jenkins wrote.

According to the Hall County Jail log, Thomason was additionally charged with DUI of alcohol, fleeing, obstruction of an officer and possession of a gun by a convicted felon.