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Dawsonville man arrested after fleeing traffic stop
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A Dawsonville man faces a litany of charges after fleeing a traffic stop on Sunday.

Authorities say additional charges could be filed against 26-year-old Michael Stephen Eidson in connection with an October incident in which he is also accused of fleeing deputies following a traffic stop.

Eidson remained in Dawson County Sheriff's custody as of press time on Tuesday. Bond has been set at $18,200, according to jail records.

Capt. Tony Wooten, sheriff's spokesman, said calls to the county's 9-1-1 center Sunday afternoon reported the driver of a white 1991 Saturn speeding and passing in a no passing zone in the area of Hwy. 9 North.

Once approached by Deputy Ethan Taffar near Veterans Memorial Park, Eidson fled the scene, driving in excess of 20 mph above the posted speed limit, Wooten said.

Taffar caught up with the vehicle a short time later on Hwy. 136 when Eidson reportedly pulled onto private property and exited the car of foot.

A foot chase ensued and Eidson was taken into custody.

"He was already driving erratically, and then he put the public in danger with the chase," Wooten said.

In all, he is facing a dozen charges, ranging from obstruction of officer, criminal trespass and reckless driving, to fleeing and attempting to elude, driving while license suspended or revoked, speeding and acquiring license plate for purpose of concealing identity of vehicle.

Taffar's patrol car was also damaged in the incident.

Wooten said the car was hit when Eidson, who had pulled onto an embankment while fleeing, exited the Saturn without putting it in park.

"It rolled back into the patrol vehicle," he said.

According to Wooten, authorities were familiar with Eidson, who allegedly also fled a traffic stop on Oct. 7 near the intersection of Hwy. 53 and Lumpkin Campground Road.

"He also ran from the deputy then, but wasn't apprehended," he said.