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Charges upgraded against driver in crash
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Forsyth County News

NORTHWEST FORSYTH -- A Cumming man faces drug, traffic and weapons charges after a single-vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon in northwestern Forsyth County.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, 33-year-old Jason W. Duren is being held without bond at the Forsyth County Detention Center.

Karleen Chalker, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said three of the eight charges Duren faces are felonies, including: possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He also has been charged with several misdemeanor counts: reckless driving; attempting to misrepresent a tag; expired license plate; driving while license suspended; and possession of drug-related items.

Duren was taken into custody at the scene of the wreck, which occurred about noon Tuesday on Heardsville Road, after deputies found a rifle and suspected methamphetamine in the vehicle.

According to the sheriff’s office, Duren was traveling north in a Honda CRX when he crossed the centerline and lost control near Watson Road. The Honda rolled over three times, knocking over a mailbox and fire hydrant before striking a tree.

Duren’s passenger, a 23-year-old man from Cumming, was thrown from the vehicle. He has since been released from North Fulton Hospital and is not facing any charges at this time, according to Chalker.

County workers ended up having to remove the tree that the vehicle struck because of heavy damage.