A local man airlifted to an Atlanta hospital after striking a power pole has been arrested on 13 charges, including choking a woman and assaulting a neighbor, authorities said.
Chris Peterman, 28, of Dawsonville, was arrested July 22 in connection with events that occurred Sunday, July 12 at a residence on Hobart Styles Road.
Peterman, distraught over a relationship, attempted to choke a woman with whom he lived and shortly afterward attempted suicide.
After he assaulted the female, he attempted to hang himself with a cord from a tree, Dawson County Capt. Tony Wooten said. A neighbor was able to get him down, and he assaulted the neighbor and tried to hang himself again.
Once deputies arrived, Peterman fled in a 1993 Chevrolet S-10 pick up truck.
He struck a power pole on Cowart Road at a very high rate of speed, Wooten said.
Georgia State Patrol worked the accident with Dawson County EMS.
The Chevrolet S-10 was traveling south on Cowart Road at a high rate of speed attempting to elude Dawson County Sheriffs deputies, GSP Spokeswoman Robin Stone said. He crossed over the center line and ran off the roadway to the left. The front of the truck struck a utility pole, rotated counter clockwise, and overturned.
The driver was ejected from the vehicle.
The vehicle came to a rest on the east shoulder of Cowart Road, she said.
Peterman was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center with injuries all over his body, including his lower extremities and pelvis area, according to Stone.
Petermans charges include aggravated assault (family violence), DUI/drugs/less safe, fleeing/eluding police officer, criminal trespass (family violence), no proof of insurance, speeding, driving on wrong side of the road, two counts failure to maintain lane, failure to stop for stop sign, and not wearing a safety belt.
He is incarcerated at the Dawson County jail. Bond is set at $35,200.