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Authorities say man drove toward officers, tossed drugs and guns out window
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A Hall County Sheriff's Office deputy stops cars as they leave Summit Chase subdivision Thursday, June 13, 2019, as they search for a man in the area. - photo by Scott Rogers

A Hall County man is accused of nearly striking two Hall County law enforcement officers with his car before throwing bags with drugs and guns out the window, according to authorities.

Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad Lt. Don Scalia said officers were on their way to Richard Heath Milligan’s home in the 4000 block of Mountain Ridge Road when they encountered the suspect.

They attempted to detain Milligan during a traffic stop, but the man allegedly drove off.

“While fleeing from the traffic stop Mr. Milligan backed his vehicle towards and nearly struck two MANS task force officers who were approaching his vehicle. Mr. Milligan then backed into and damaged a neighborhood sign and fled the scene,” Scalia wrote in a news release.

Milligan also allegedly threw two duffel bags from the moving vehicle onto a lawn.

Inside the bags were an ounce of methamphetamine, two loaded pistols, scales, packaging materials and syringes, Scalia said.

After finding Milligan’s car, tracking dogs were used to find and arrest Milligan. He and Justin Blake Brister were taken into custody.

The MANS unit seized $3,885 from the two men, while the estimated street value of the drugs is $3,350.

Milligan was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a gun by a convicted felon and possession of a gun during the commission of a crime.

Brister was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

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Hall County deputies with a K-9 unit walk along a wooded area on Squirrel Ridge Road Thursday, June 13, 2019, during a manhunt. - photo by Scott Rogers
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Authorities say a man who fled during a traffic stop Thursday tossed drugs and guns out the window of his vehicle in a duffel bag. The suspect was later arrested.
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