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Man charged after short chase, wreck

Arrest is third in four months

POSTED: April 1, 2009 4:00 a.m.

A Ball Ground man who authorities say has a lengthy record of driving violations was arrested Sunday night after fleeing a traffic stop and flipping his truck.

  

It was the third arrest in four months in Dawson County for James Darin Sanford, 37, and at least the ninth in less than two years in the area, authorities said.

  

Sanford is being held on a $13,200 bond in the Dawson County Detention Center on charges ranging from speeding and serious injury by vehicle to reckless driving and fleeing/attempting to elude.

  

Sanford, who also has been charged with driving with a suspended license and registration, was not injured in the one-vehicle wreck, which occurred about midnight Sunday near Thompson Road and Hwy. 9 South. 

 

  

Sunday’s arrest marks the third time in a four-month span that Sanford has been in Dawson County custody.

  

He was booked on Nov. 12 and held for Hall County, where he had outstanding warrants, according to a jail spokeswoman.

  

Two weeks ago, he was arrested in Dawson County for driving with a suspended license and possession of a drug-related object. He was released on $2,129 bond.

  

The March 19 arrest prompted officers to pursue the 1997 Ford F-150 he was driving early Sunday morning north on Hwy. 9.

  

“Our officers were familiar with the subject, who they arrested a little over a week before,” Wooten said.

  

He said the truck’s tag had not been renewed when officers attempted to stop the suspect over the weekend.

  

Sanford then fled the stop and turned onto Thompson Road, where he lost control of the pickup.

  

“He traveled less than a mile before he wrecked,” Wooten said.

  

Authorities said speeds exceeded 70 mph along the rural road.

  

E-mail Michele Hester at michele@dawsonnews.com.

 

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