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Gainesville man facing six counts of aggravated assault following Habersham chase

A Gainesville man wanted in Hall County allegedly led law enforcement on a multi-county chase in his vehicle and later on foot, according to authorities.

A Habersham County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted around 9 a.m. Thursday, May 9, to stop a Buick LeSabre at Cannon Bridge and Old Athens Road.

The driver would later be identified as Tony Hatcher, 26, of Gainesville.

Habersham County Lt. Matthew Wurtz said Hatcher refused to stop for the deputy and headed south, eventually driving on Mud Creek Road in Hall County and turning on Tribble Gap Road.

“The pursuit entered back into Habersham County and traveled back to Duncan Bridge Rd where they turned going towards White County. Habersham County deputies were able to perform the Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) at the intersection of Duncan Bridge Rd and Pea Ridge Rd bringing the suspect’s vehicle to a safe stop, and the driver was taken into custody after a short foot chase,” Wurtz wrote in an email.

After 22 miles and 17 minutes, the chase was over.

Georgia State Patrol reported “two collisions occurred involving the sheriff’s deputies’ vehicles and the subject’s vehicles.”

One deputy’s vehicle suffered minor damage.

Hatcher had warrants out of Hall County, but now he is facing charges in Habersham County including fleeing and attempting to elude, driving while unlicensed, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, reckless conduct and six counts of aggravated assault.

Wurtz said the aggravated assault was based on Hatcher allegedly “intentionally attempting to hit oncoming vehicles during the pursuit.”

Hatcher was taken to the Habersham County Detention Center.

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