A driver who authorities say grabbed a Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputy’s arm and sped away during a traffic stop on Saturday afternoon was in jail as of Sunday morning.

According to Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jay Baker:

At about 2:30 p.m. Saturday the deputy pulled over a vehicle at Medical Lane and Hospital Road in Canton.

“At some point during the traffic stop the deputy requested the driver exit the vehicle and the driver grabbed the deputies arm and started driving away. The deputy was able disengage from the driver after approximately 30 feet and was not injured. The driver then fled the area,” Baker said.

The driver was chased by deputies, later joined by the Georgia State Patrol and Pickens County Sheriff’s Office when the driver fled into that county. The driver was able to get away and his vehicle was found abandoned along Black Knob Church Road.

“The area around the abandoned vehicle was searched but the suspect was not located. A tip was received about about a possible location in Fairmount where the suspect was located. A Georgia State Trooper responded to the location and the suspect was taken into custody,” Baker said.

Elmer Pence, 43, of Acworth was booked into the Cherokee County jail on charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer, fleeing, reckless driving, obstruction of an officer, giving false information to an officer, driving with a suspended license and driving with an expired tag. He remained in the jail without bond Sunday morning.

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