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Two Dawson residents arrested after separate police chases in north Forsyth
Man charged with DUI
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Edna Gail Cooper. - photo by For the Dawson County News

A 38-year-old man was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence after officials say he led deputies on a chase up Ga. 400 last week.

Jerry Brian Smith, of Dawson County, was charged with DUI, open container, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane and fleeing and attempting to elude after he allegedly refused to stop his Ford F-150 pickup truck for a traffic stop around 11:04 a.m. on July 13, according to Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

"He refused to stop and continued on 400 until he turned onto Settingdown Road going southwest," Rainwater said. "We eventually got numerous patrol cars near Coal Mountain Park and stopped the car, which was pulling a landscaping tractor.

"He was obviously very intoxicated and was released with a copy of the charges at the hospital because of his condition."

About 20 minutes after the first incident, a woman led deputies on an unrelated chase to her home in Dawson County, where she was later arrested.

Rainwater said around 11:24 a.m., another deputy working the north end of the county tried to stop a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse for an expired tag, after which Edna Gail Cooper, 51, fled.

"[Cooper] led the deputy to her house in about a two-and-a-half minute chase and then got out of the car in the driveway of her home," Rainwater said. "She refused to comply with commands of raising her hands and was arrested for fleeing and attempting to elude, expired tag and speeding."

The deputy had to raise his gun toward her to get her to comply, Rainwater said, which he did not discharge.
Cooper was taken to the Forsyth County Jail and posted a $3,485 bond later that day.