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Authorities: driver arrested in fatal Forsyth County motorcycle wreck
David Emory Castleberry
David Emory Castleberry

Authorities say that a Forsyth County man believed to be responsible for a hit-and-run motorcycle wreck that killed one man late last week has been taken into custody in north Georgia.

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David Emory Castleberry, who was arrested on Friday in relation to a hit-and-run motorcycle wreck that killed one man late last week, was previously sentenced to five years in prison for an attempt to escape sheriff’s deputies on a stolen motorcycle in 2012.

David Emory Castleberry, 36, of Cumming was arrested on Friday afternoon at a residence in Cleveland, Georgia after he was located by deputies with the United States Marshal's Service, according to Forsyth County Sheriff's Office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater.

Rainwater said that Castleberry is the alleged driver of a black and green Kawasaki Z-1000 motorcycle that struck and killed a 27-year-old man walking along Dahlonega Highway at about 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 26.

At the time of the wreck, authorities said that the victim was found in the northbound lane of Dahlonega Highway along with the Kawasaki motorcycle, which was found parked alongside the roadway.

"Our investigation started immediately on trying to identify the Kawasaki motorcycle driver," Rainwater said in a press release on Friday night. "Through the course of watching numerous videos of the area, interviewing people and tracking down the original owner of the Kawasaki, [The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office] was able to identify the driver as [Castleberry]."

Rainwater said that Castleberry was located by the United States Marshal's Service and was detained by a K-9 unit after a brief flight. 

Forsyth County Superior Court records show that to date Castleberry has been charged more than 30 times in Forsyth County Court for crimes including willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, DUI, reckless driving theft by taking, theft by receiving and battery.

Previously, Castleberry was sentenced to five years in prison in 2013 for an attempt to escape sheriff’s deputies on a stolen motorcycle which ended in a wreck. 

At the time of the 2013 wreck, a Sheriff's Office spokesperson told the Forsyth County News that deputies chased Castleberry from Bethelview Road and Canton Highway to Spot Road and Hwy. 9, where he was boxed in by patrol vehicles. 

“There was ample room for the motorcycle to go around the [deputy’s] vehicle, but instead he chose to ram [into it],” Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Col. Rick Doyle said at the time.

Rainwater said that Castleberry is currently being transported back to the Forsyth County Jail for processing and has been charged with homicide by vehicle, felony hit and run, a habitual violator felony and two misdemeanors for "removing or affixing a license plate to misrepresent" and not having insurance.

This story will be updated as we learn more.

David Emory Castleberry
David Emory Castleberry, 36, of Cumming was arrested on Friday, May 31 at a residence in Cleveland, Georgia after he was located by deputies with the United States Marshal's Service, according to Forsyth County Sheriff's Office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater. - photo by For the Forsyth County News