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Hall deputies involved in high-speed chase in Gwinnett
Faulkner wanted for stealing vehicle, battery, other charges
1229CHASE James Faulkner
James Faulkner

Authorities arrested a suspect Wednesday afternoon following a high-speed chase that began in Hall County, wound its way through Gwinnett County and ended at Johns Creek in Fulton County.

Hall deputies spotted a Ford Escape on McEver Road in South Hall that had been reported stolen and attempted to stop the vehicle, according to Maj. Woodrow Tripp of the Hall County Sheriff's Office. When the driver failed to stop, the chase began, reaching speeds up to 80 mph.

"The vehicle that (James Thomas Faulkner) was in had been reported stolen and (deputies) were aware that he was in it," Tripp said.

Faulkner led police on the chase for about 40 minutes traveling through areas of North Gwinnett including Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, through Suwanee and then into Fulton County, where it traveled several residential streets, Tripp said.

The chase ended when the suspect, Faulkner, 41, of Flowery Branch ran a red light and crashed into two vehicles at the intersection of Medlock Bridge and Abbotts Bridge roads just before 3 p.m., Tripp said.

Two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions when one vehicle struck the Ford Escape and proceeded to strike the second vehicle, Tripp said.

Faulkner received non-life-threatening internal injuries in the wreck and was taken to a local hospital, where his condition is unknown and it hasn't been determined when he may be released from care, Tripp said.

A 4-year-old child in a vehicle involved was shaken up in the wreck and was taken to the hospital to be examined, but didn't receive any injuries.

Faulkner will be taken to the Hall County Jail following medical treatment. He faces charges of theft by taking motor vehicle, battery, false imprisonment, terroristic threats, failure to register as a sex offender, as well as two White County charges for aggravated assault.

An arrest warrant was issued for Faulkner following a Monday incident in which he is accused of stealing his ex-girlfriend's vehicle in Hall County, holding her against her will in the vehicle and making physical threats. The ordeal continued into White County where the woman was released from the vehicle, Tripp said.

Tripp said several traffic charges stemming from the chase are also forthcoming.

The case remains under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff's Office, Criminal Investigation Division.

 

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