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Gainesville man accused of driving his car toward deputy investigating break-in
Donald Jason Passmoremb
Donald Jason Passmore

A Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy had to jump out of the way of a suspect accelerating toward him in a car, according to authorities.

Lt. Scott Ware said deputies were called to investigate an attempted break-in Wednesday, Feb. 20, on Baker Road in southeastern Hall County.

Ware said Donald Jason Passmore, 39, “attempted to break into a storage building … by prying the lock with a crowbar.”

“He also attempted to enter the primary residence but fled the scene in his car when confronted by the homeowner/victim in this case,” Ware wrote in a news release.

“When deputies attempted to arrest Mr. Passmore, he accelerated his vehicle, driving towards the Deputy, causing the deputy to jump out of the vehicle’s path to avoid being struck,” Ware wrote in a news release.

No one was injured.

Passmore was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, felony obstruction, possession of tools of the crime of burglary and four driving-related offenses.

He was booked Wednesday in to the Hall County Jail, where he remains.

Passmore also had four Superior Court probation warrants from July, which were based on previous charges of manufacturing methamphetamine near a child, possession of methamphetamine, DUI, theft by taking and obstruction.

Ware did not have any information on the previous charges.


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