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Burglary suspect arrested after chase
Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies arrested a burglary suspect after a short chase Wednesday afternoon on Buford Highway east of Cumming. - photo by Jim Dean

A burglary suspect who reportedly attempted to drive over a Forsyth County Sheriff’s investigator was arrested after a short chase Wednesday afternoon.

According to Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, 33-year-old Jeffery Scott Hamilton of Cumming remained in custody Thursday at the Forsyth County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing on a litany of drug, traffic and other charges.

Among the charges, Hamilton faces two counts of aggravated assault on an officer and failure to obey traffic devices, as well as one count each of driving while unlicensed, fleeing or attempting to elude, failure to stop and driving on the wrong side of a divided road.

He also has been charged with theft by deception, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug-related objects, according to the sheriff’s office.

Rainwater added that other charges are likely “based on stolen property recovered from his car.”

According to Rainwater, the incident began when two investigators went to a home off Buford Highway (Hwy. 20), east of Cumming, in search of a man believed to have been involved in some thefts from vehicles Tuesday.

“As soon as they started knocking on the door [of the home], the suspect pulls up in his car,” Rainwater said. “The investigators identified themselves as law enforcement, [and] the suspect then goes straight for one of the investigators. He had to jump out of the way [of the vehicle], and the chase was on.”

According to Rainwater, the pursuit moved through the Habersham Gates area for a few minutes as other deputies joined in. The chase then continued west along Buford Highway toward Ga. 400.

Hamilton made a U-turn at Sanders Road, where the Honda Civic he was driving was struck by an investigator in another car before being boxed in by others.

At that point, Hamilton surrendered without incident, according to Rainwater.

No one was injured during the chase or crash.


Staff writer Alyssa LaRenzie contributed to this report.