A driver being pursued by Woodstock Police on Monday afternoon tried to get away via Interstate 575 north and crashed into the back of a line of cars at Exit 14, authorities said. It was then the driver was arrested.

According to Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker and Woodstock Assistant Police Chief Kevin Culpepper:

On Monday afternoon Woodstock Police Department officers responded to a call reporting indecent exposure at the Goodwill store on Ga. Highway 92. The suspect fled when officers arrived, striking two patrol cars in the process, Culpepper said. The officers were not hurt.

Officers pursued the man, later identified as 32-year-old Tyron Lamar Giddens of Forsyth, onto Interstate 575 north. Woodstock, Holly Springs and Canton officers were involved in trying to stop the man. Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were set up north of the chase with “stop sticks” a device to puncture tires, but the driver crashed into the line of traffic at Exit 14, Baker said.

There were several minor injuries caused by the crash. Giddens has been charged with four counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, interference with government property, felony attempting to flee or elude officers, obstruction of an officer and two counts of violation of parole, according to jail booking records. He remained in custody at the Cherokee County jail late Monday afternoon.

Baker said the sheriff’s office’s traffic investigations unit will investigate the crash.

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Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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(1) comment

Yo, semite!

Law enforcement had his license plate number, but instead of letting him escape and apprehending him later, the cops decided it is a good idea to speed down the interstate putting other drivers' lives and property at risk. The suspect crashes into multiple cars and injures drivers. The personal and financial losses are overwhelming. Let’s say an innocent driver was driving their 2003 Honda worth $1800 and it is totaled by insurance. Now, they must buy a replacement car with little compensation when in reality their car was worth much more to them. This is to say nothing of the injuries and hospital bills resulting from insurance copays. All this chaos for an exposed reproductive organ. When you put cops with GED's in charge of decision making this is what results. Let the guy go and apprehend him later under controlled conditions. Everyone involved would be better off.

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