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Car chase ends with no arrest
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A car chase last week in Dawson County led to no arrest for the deputy who attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the parking lot of the old Kroger.

According to Sheriff Jeff Johnson, around 10 p.m. March 28, deputies observed a vehicle in the parking lot on Dawson Village Way that was suspected and then confirmed to belong to Eric Dwayne Couch, 28, of Dawsonville.

Couch was confirmed to have active warrants for his arrest, and Cpl. Zachary Smith attempted to stop the vehicle, at which point it fled.

A brief chase ensued in the Highway 53 and Beartooth Parkway area.

According to Johnson, Couch turned into the Dawson Forest Apartment Complex, and after a search by Dawson County deputies and Georgia State Patrol officers, the suspect's abandoned vehicle was located at the Quality Inn on Beartooth Parkway.

Authorities were unable to locate Couch.

According to Johnson, Smith obtained the following warrants on Couch for various traffic offenses: driving on the wrong side of the road, two counts failure to stop for stop sign, tire requirements, crossing median in divided highway, failure to maintain lane and a felony charge of fleeing/eluding a police officer.

Anyone with information about Couch's whereabouts is asked to call the Dawson County Sheriff's Office at (706) 344-3636.