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Wrong way driver indicted for traffic, drug charges

POSTED: March 11, 2017 5:00 a.m.
For the Forsyth County News/

Calvin Lee Blackstone.

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NORTH FORSYTH -- A Cumming man who reportedly attempted to flee law enforcement by driving on the wrong side of the road in north Forsyth late last year before crashing has been indicted for the incident, which includes charges of trafficking in methamphetamine for being found with 39 grams of the drug.

Calvin Lee Blackstone, who was 36 at the time of the Dec. 5, 2016, accident, faces counts of trafficking in meth, possession of meth with intent to distribute, fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license and tampering with evidence, according to a Feb. 13 bill of indictment in the Forsyth County Superior Court.

Blackstone was reportedly driving near the intersection of Jot Em Down Road and Ga. 400 when a deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop for an equipment violation, according to Cpl. Pete Sabella, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at the time.

According to previous reports, he began to accelerate when the deputy turned his blue lights on, reaching speeds of about 70 miles per hour on Crossroads Road.

Blackstone is accused of “speeding, driving on the wrong side of the roadway and improperly passing vehicles,” according to indictment report.

The tampering with evidence charge is related to the accusation that Blackstone threw about $2,000 worth of drugs from his vehicle during the pursuit.

The chase came to a stop near the intersection of Hubbard Town and Hopewell roads after Blackstone crashed into a roundabout, jumped out of his car and attempted to flee on foot.

Forsyth County Superior Court Judge David L. Dickinson is presiding over the case. An arraignment is scheduled for March 15.

 

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