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Dawson County man fled deputies on motorcycle during high-speed chase in rural area, authorities say
Joshua D. Harper

One local man was recently apprehended after allegedly leading authorities on a vehicle chase in a rural corridor of Dawson County.

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Joshua Daniel Harper, 45, of Dawsonville, was arrested by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office just after midnight on Jan. 20 and charged with multiple traffic and drug-related offenses. 

The incident occurred between 10:36 p.m. on Jan. 19 and midnight on Jan. 20, according to several DCSO warrants.

A deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop in the Ga. 53 West area in response to a drug investigation, but Harper fled on his motorcycle, a DCSO arrest report stated. 

During the chase that ensued onto the roundabout with Elliott Family Parkway and that road, Harper is accused of operating his motorcycle at speeds of over 100 mph, according to multiple DCSO warrants. 

He also allegedly followed other vehicles on the road too closely and improperly passed several vehicles in the left lane, causing those motorists to slam on their brakes, warrants stated. 

Harper was accused in another DCSO warrant of reaching into his left-side pants pockets and dumping items onto the roadway that ended up hitting deputies’ vehicles in pursuit of him. 

On Elliott Family Parkway, Harper allegedly failed to maintain his lane and ventured onto the right side of the road, causing him to overcorrect and lose control of the motorcycle.

Later, Harper admitted to deputies of having fled due to having marijuana, and he had red, watery eyes and the odor of a green, leafy substance on his person, according to two warrants. 

Harper has been charged with felony fleeing and eluding a police officer and misdemeanors for 

speeding, reckless driving, two counts of failure to maintain lane, improper passing on the left, following too closely.

He also received misdemeanor charges for a drug-related DUI, littering on the highway and possessing less than an ounce of marijuana, driving without license, no proof of insurance and suspended registration.

Harper remains at the Dawson County Detention Center as of Jan. 25. 

DCN will update this story when more information becomes available.