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Authorities: Man kept fleeing in vehicle after left front tire deflated
Blake Edwards faces numerous traffic, drug charges
Blake Edwards
Blake Wayne Edwards

A Gainesville man who allegedly led Georgia State Patrol on a lengthy car chase after midnight Monday morning in East Hall faces an extensive list of traffic and drug charges.

Authorities said Blake Wayne Edwards, 34, kept attempting to flee in his 2014 silver Nissan Sentra even after stop sticks deflated his left front tire. GSP added that during the chase Edwards sideswiped the patrol car attempting to stop him with a tire-deflation device.

Eventually, according to GSP Cpl. A.J. Allen, patrol officers were able to flatten another tire and arrest Edwards.

“It was a lengthy car chase that ended in an apprehension,” Allen said.

Allen said the patrol originally got behind Edwards on Clarks Bridge Road near Pine Valley Road and was attempting to pull Edwards over because of a suspended tag. The chase began on Pine Valley, according to Allen.

The chase moved onto White Sulphur Road, Ga. 369, Broome Road, East Hall Road, Ga. 323, Ga. 52, Joe Chandler Road and Old Cornelia Highway. The stop was made on Old Cornelia Highway just north of Joe Chandler Road, Allen said.

Among the charges Edwards faces are fleeing/elude, obstruction of an officer, simple assault and aggravated assault. The assault charges stem from when his car hit a patrol car during the chase, according to GSP.

Edwards faces a charge of driving with a suspended license. He also faces a charge of driving under the influence of drugs, plus charges of possessing marijuana, LSD and Xanax.

Times staff writer Nick Watson contributed to this report.

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