A man has been indicted by a Cherokee County grand jury on charges that he set a home on fire and crashed into a police officer’s car attempting to avoid arrest.
Marcus Freeman, 38, of Douglasville is accused of setting fire to a woman’s home off Bells Ferry Road while she was still in it March 16, in violation of a family violence order, according to his indictment filed June 15. The woman was not injured in the fire, according to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.
Shortly after the fire, while authorities were looking for Freeman, a Woodstock police officer spotted his vehicle, according to a police report, and attempted to stop his car at Highway 92 and Woodstock Square Avenue. Freeman rammed his car backwards into the officer’s patrol vehicle, causing minor injuries, per his arrest warrant, before fleeing on foot. After a “prolonged chase,” police said, Freeman was arrested behind the Lowe’s near Interstate 575.
Freeman is charged with arson, violating a family violence order, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, aggravated assault on a peace officer, obstruction of an officer, and interference with government property.
Freeman was booked into the Cherokee County jail that day and released May 21, according to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.
A criminal arraignment calendar hearing is scheduled July 16, according to court records.
An indictment is a formal charging of felony offenses, and defendants are assumed innocent until proven guilty.