A 37-year-old Cumming man faces nearly a dozen charges after he reportedly led authorities on a high-speed chase through Dawson County in a stolen truck.
According to Dawson County jail records, Jerry Allen Stewart has been charged with theft by receiving motor vehicle, two counts of aggravated assault on an officer and seven traffic violations, including fleeing and attempting to elude.
He and a second suspect in the June 7 incident, 28-year-old Brandon Joel Burnett of Dawsonville, are being held without bond at the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center, records show.
Burnett and his wife, Allison, were arrested after authorities learned they had reportedly dropped off Stewart at a gas station in Forsyth County, where the truck had been stolen earlier that morning.
Jail records show Brandon Burnett has been charged with felony theft by receiving motor vehicle and marijuana manufacturing.
He also faces a misdemeanor count of theft by receiving after property from the stolen truck was recovered at his home.
Sheriff Billy Carlisle said Burnett had previous drug violations in Dawson County. According to jail records, he was on parole when arrested.
Allison Jean Burnett, 27, who was charged with marijuana manufacturing, was released from custody after posting bond, according to jail records.
Carlisle said the incident began about noon June 7, when Deputy Jimmi Smith attempted to pull over a Chevrolet Silverado that had been reported stolen on Hwy. 136.
At speeds reaching up to 85 mph, Smith gave chase for about eight miles before Stewart crashed the pickup truck near Tanner Hall and Little Mountain roads.
“At one point during the chase, Jimmi was able to pull ahead of the truck and performed what is a called a rolling road block,” Carlisle said.
The driver then struck Smith’s patrol car from behind, before backing up and striking a second patrol car, which had joined the pursuit.
After Stewart was taken into custody, Smith said he admitted the truck was stolen.