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Friendship Road traffic stop leads to multicounty chase; 5 face charges
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A man jumped out of a car stopped on Friendship Road and led authorities on a multicounty chase Friday afternoon.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said three men were in a car stopped before 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, on Friendship Road near Friendship Farm Drive in Buford.

Two of the men ran away from the traffic stop while the driver stayed at the scene.

“One of the suspects ... actually ran into that nearby Friendship Farm subdivision. From there, he was believed to have carjacked a vehicle in the subdivision with two women inside,” Booth said.

The second fleeing suspect ran into the woods and has not been found.

Deputies pursued the vehicle southbound while requesting Georgia State Patrol to respond. When the chase reached Interstate 85, a trooper took the lead on the chase near Pleasant Hill Road in Gwinnett County.

The trooper performed a pursuit intervention technique, where the officer attempted to turn the car sideways and cause the suspect to lose control.

“The car wrecked out, and no one inside was hurt,” Booth said.

The driver involved in the chase was taken into custody near Interstate 285 and Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard in Atlanta.

“Further investigation revealed that the two women in the vehicle with him were not victims of a carjacking but were actually affiliated with the male suspect,” Booth said.

What officers had believed to be a struggle was actually the suspects switching drivers, Booth said.

The three men from the original traffic stop and the two women involved in the chase will face charges, though the names and charges have not yet been released.

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