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Authorities: Shots fired call leads to 100 mph car chase where suspect swerves at officers
Keith Leo Martin 2017
Keith Leo Martin

A Duluth man swerved at officers and drove over 100 mph late Friday night, according to authorities.

Keith Leo Martin, 51, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, DUI of alcohol and reckless driving among other charges. He was booked Saturday in to the Hall County Jail, where he remains.

Deputies responded Friday night to a “shots fired” call at Georgia Avenue and West Ridge Road, when they attempted to contact Martin, who was driving a Pontiac Grand Prix. Martin sped away when the deputies turned on their blue lights, Lt. Scott Ware said.

Ware said Martin drove more than 100 mph at times, swerving at the pursuing deputies. Authorities attempted to stop Martin with spike strips.

“Although some of Martin’s tires were flattened by the spike strips, he still continued to flee, swerving in and out of oncoming traffic,” Ware said in a news release.

A Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy performed a precision immobilization technique, where the officer attempted to spin the other car to stop. Martin ran from his car and was arrested on Ga. 124 in Hoschton.

Martin was also charged with not having a driver’s license, removed license tag, running a red light, fleeing and eluding, obstruction, possession of an open container, passing on a solid yellow line, failure to maintain lane, speeding, no proof of insurance and suspended/canceled registration.

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