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Car, foot chase leads to DUI arrest
I-Foot chase arrest Elias Martin MUG
Elias Martin

Officers responding to reports of a suspected intoxicated driver ended up being led on a car and a foot chase.

Elias Quinn Martin, 29, of Cleveland, was subsequently arrested and charged with super speeder, DUI of alcohol, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, driving while license is suspended or revoked, failure to maintain lane, failure to obey a traffic control device and failure to stop at a stop sign, according to Dawson County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jeff Johnson.

Reports say that shortly after midnight Oct. 26 a deputy was checking Ga. 400 for a possible DUI suspect and spotted the vehicle traveling from Lumpkin County towards Dawson.

Johnson said that the deputy began to follow the vehicle, checking for any signs of erratic or impaired driving.

The vehicle turned onto Lumpkin Campground Road and then right onto Hwy. 53, headed west, Johnson said. After observing and pacing the vehicle for a speeding violation, the involved deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop.

Upon the activation of the blue lights, the vehicle sped up and passed another vehicle in a non-passing zone.

Johnson said the vehicle continued to excel and did not stop.

According to Johnson, additional deputies then responded.

Due to the vehicle failing to stop, deputies deployed Stop Sticks, which is a tire deflation device designed to slowly deflate tires to safely end pursuits, in the area of Gravitt Drive.

The Stop Sticks punctured and deflated all four of the vehicle's tires.

Although severely disabled, the vehicle continued on at a much lower speed.

Johnson said that Martin eventually stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of the Exxon Station and attempted to flee on foot, but tripped.

Martin fell to the asphalt and was apprehended without further incident.

According to Johnson, he was released on $2,000 bond Oct. 28.