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Man in custody after fleeing traffic stop on 985

An East Point man is facing more than a dozen charges after he allegedly fled a traffic stop on Interstate 985 Wednesday, Oct. 24, according to authorities.

Samuel Rivers, 29, was charged with speeding, speeding in a construction zone, failure to maintain lane, following too closely, driving within a gore or median, driving in the emergency lane, passing on the shoulder of a roadway, failure to signal when changing lanes, improper lane change, reckless driving, possession of an open container, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, obstruction of an officer and felony fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.

A Georgia State Patrol trooper stopped a Ford Fusion for speeding near mile marker 14 of the southbound highway. As the trooper approached the car, the Ford Fusion sped off back onto the interstate, according to state patrol.

As the pursuit entered Gwinnett County, the trooper was able to perform a precision immobilization technique, causing the suspect’s vehicle to crash near mile marker 4.5.

The passenger, Brittanie Long, 21, of Buford, was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and taken into custody from the vehicle.

Authorities captured Rivers in a wooded area shortly thereafter and found he had multiple outstanding warrants, according to state patrol.

Rivers was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for minor injuries sustained in the crash. Long and all law enforcement involved were uninjured.

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