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Chase, crash lead to many charges

POSTED: January 15, 2013 4:24 p.m.

A chase Sunday night on Matt Highway in north Forsyth ended soon after it began when the vehicle flipped several times and landed in a ditch.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the 22-year-old driver, David Michael Morgan, and passenger Amanda Shannon Cooper, 27, both of Mockingbird Road, were taken to North Fulton Hospital with minor injuries.

Both have since been treated and released from the hospital, according to Karleen Chalker, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

Morgan faces 11 charges, all misdemeanors, including fleeing or attempting to elude and reckless driving. He also was cited for driving with a suspended license, expired registration, failure to maintain insurance and not wearing a seat belt.

Cooper has been charged with permitting an unlicensed person to drive, according to the sheriff’s office.

The incident began about 7:15 p.m. Sunday when a sheriff’s patrol car, traveling west on the highway, was nearly struck by an eastbound 2000 Mercury Sable driven by Morgan as it passed in oncoming traffic.

As the deputy turned around to stop the car, he estimated the Sable reached up to 100 mph as it passed other vehicles on the right shoulder, according to sheriff’s report.

The deputy lost sight of the Sable around the first turn, before finding it in a ditch near Magnolia Creek Drive.

According to the report, one witness “saw the vehicle flip three to four times after it had passed him.”

Traffic was rerouted as that section of Matt Highway (Hwy. 369) was closed for about an hour after the crash.



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