A Gainesville man accused of driving his truck head-on toward a Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy and eluding officers on the county’s backroads was given four years in custody.
Jeremy Brian Frick entered a negotiated guilty plea for aggravated assault on a peace officer, fleeing/eluding, DUI and other charges Monday, Dec. 10, in Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal’s courtroom.
Assistant District Attorney Laura Lukert played video of a few minutes of the chase, which Georgia State Patrol took over to detain Frick.
Lukert called the case a “tragedy in the making,” as Frick was lucky he didn’t seriously injure himself, the officers or any bystanders.
Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware previously told The Times deputies saw Frick Dec. 7, 2017, driving recklessly near mile marker 17 of Interstate 985.
“At one point during the incident, Frick drove his vehicle, a Ford 250 truck, head-on at the deputies’ patrol vehicle, causing the deputy to take evasive action to avoid being struck,” Ware said.
The deputy was not injured.
The chase exceeded speeds of 100 mph as Frick’s truck was seen weaving between lanes.
Frick was arrested at Lakeland Road near Cleveland Highway.
The total sentence is 16 years, with the first four years in confinement. The rest may be served on probation, and he will receive credit for time served since the incident.
The lesser offenses in his sentence — which included crossing the median, failure to maintain lane and reckless driving, among others — were merged for the purpose of sentencing.
Deal also admonished Frick for his actions that went through residential areas and two-lane streets that put others at risk.
A representative from Palm House Recovery Center said Frick has been doing well with the program in Athens.
Frick’s attorney Trey Hicks did not return a request for comment.
As special conditions of his sentence, Frick is ordered to pay $2,617 in restitution to the Department of Public Safety. He must also attend two 12-Step addiction recovery meetings, or an equivalent, per week for 11 years.