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Authorities: Floyd County man rammed patrol vehicles during chase
Jeriam Dale Gravitt
Jeriam Dale Gravitt

Authorities say that a Floyd County man has been arrested for aggravated assault, after he allegedly rammed two Forsyth County patrol vehicles during a chase through north Forsyth on Friday night.

According to sheriff’s office spokesman Deputy Nick Sotor, at approximately 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, deputies observed a vehicle cross over the double yellow line while traveling north on Bethel Road, and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle.

The vehicle, according to Sotor, did not comply with the traffic stop, but “immediately increased its speed,” leading deputies on a pursuit from Bethel Road to Browns Bridge Road.

Deputies reportedly attempted to end the pursuit by using a PIT maneuver on the vehicle, but the suspect was able to drive on, continuing east on Browns Bridge Road.

“In another attempt to end the pursuit, deputies attempted to box the violator in to force him to stop,” Sotor said. “The violator proceeded to ram two marked patrol vehicles, one of which was a K-9 unit, before his vehicle was disabled by the collisions.”

The suspect, later identified as Jeriam Dale Gravitt, 24, allegedly attempted to flee the scene on foot after the wreck, but was immediately taken into custody.

After taking Gravitt into custody, deputies discovered that he has a felony probation violation and a superior court bench warrant in Forsyth County.

No human or K-9 deputies were injured in the wreck, Sotor said.

Gravitt has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving, driving while license suspended, failure to maintain lane, and third degree injury to a police animal for “striking a K-9 vehicle with a Sheriff`s Office K-9 Deputy inside.”

Gravitt is being held in the Forsyth County Jail under no bond.