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High speed chase ends in teens arrest
Sheriff: Suspect was driving stolen car out of Forsyth County
High speed chase Austin Smith
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A Cumming teen remains in custody a week after authorities say he stole a friend's car and was arrested following a high speed chase with deputies.

Austin Douglas Smith, 19, is being held at the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center on a long list of drug charges, traffic violations and theft counts. Bond has been set at $15,200.

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle said Smith was apprehended near Rock Creek Park March 8 after leading deputies on a chase where speeds reportedly reached as much as 80 mph.

"He stole a co-worker's car in Forsyth County ... and was spotted by one of our investigators on Hwy. 9 South at the apartments next to Peach Brandy Cottage," Carlisle said.

According to Carlisle, Forsyth County deputies were attempting to make contact with Smith in reference to a car theft that occurred a day earlier when he fled the scene in the stolen car.

Dawson deputies were able to catch up with him on Bannister Road, off Hwy. 9 South.

"He was arrested without incident," he said.

Smith is charged with four counts of possession of dangerous drugs, four counts of drugs not in original container and three counts of theft by taking.

He is also charged with speeding, reckless driving, fleeing or eluding police officer, driving on the wrong side of the road, failure to maintain lane, following too close and two counts of passing on a hill or curve, according to jail records.

"Forsyth County is going to charge him with theft by taking motor vehicle in their county," Carlisle said. "We are investigating some other thefts that he may be involved in, here in Dawson County."

 

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