What appears to have started as a reported domestic call ended Sunday evening with a Dawson County man crashing the truck he was driving into a power pole.
Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said the 28-year-old, whose name has not been released, fled from a home on Hobert Styles Road when officers responding to the domestic dispute arrived on scene.
A short time later "he hit a power pole at an extremely high rate of speed," Wooten said.
Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford said the man was ejected from the truck and taken by helicopter to an Atlanta trauma center.
According to Wooten, officers got involved when a woman reported that her ex-boyfriend was at the home and had gotten physically violent with her.
"While the woman was on the phone with 911, the male subject went out into the yard and took a cord believed to be an extension cord and began to hang himself," he said.
A neighbor who witnessed the reported suicide attempt went to the man's rescue, which led to a verbal argument that quickly escalated to a physical altercation, authorities said.
"After that, it's believed he made one more attempt to hang himself," Wooten said.
The man then left the residence in an S-10 pick-up truck when officers arrived on the scene. He crashed a short time later on Cowart Road as officers tried to pull him over.
Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol are conducting the crash investigation. Additional details are expected to be made available later this week.