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Flowery Branch man accused of trying to choke deputy during struggle
Steven Dustin Keys
Steven Dustin Keys

A Flowery Branch man allegedly tried to choke a Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy during a struggle on Dawsonville Highway last week, according to authorities.

A woman arrived home around noon Jan. 30 in the 2000 block of Dawsonville Highway to find a man in a car in her driveway, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth wrote in an email.

A deputy responded and spoke with the man, Steven Dustin Keys, who was sitting in the driver’s seat.

The deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana and saw Keys “digging around in the car,” so the officer asked Keys to step out of the car, Booth said.

Keys allegedly tried to run after refusing to put his hands on the car.

“The deputy grabbed him, but Keys continued resisting, at one point using his arm to choke the deputy during the physical altercation.  The deputy escaped Key’s choke and took him into custody,” Booth wrote in an email.

Booth said Keys and the deputy suffered superficial injuries.

Keys was charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, obstruction, possession of marijuana and criminal trespass.

Attorney information for Keys was unavailable Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Keys was booked into the Hall County Jail, where he remains.

The case is still under investigation.