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Chase ends with crash in downtown Cumming
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CUMMING — While crimes are usually handled inside a courtroom, the landscape outside of the Forsyth County Courthouse saw its own drama play out over the weekend.

The roads in downtown Cumming were shut down for about two hours early Sunday so crews could clean up a two-vehicle wreck that resulted from a chase that began in neighboring Gwinnett County.

Billy Simonton, 50, of Loganville, crashed his gold Chevrolet Silverado into a passenger vehicle after running a red light in front of the courthouse at 12:16 a.m., causing life-threatening injuries to the other driver.

The man was taken to an area hospital, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. An update on his condition could not be determined Tuesday.

Earlier Saturday night, Simonton reportedly fled from Lawrenceville police after being stopped for driving on a suspended license, officials said. The pursuit continued until he crashed.

He is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail on charges from Lawrenceville. The exact charges weren’t immediately known. Officials with the city’s police department could not be reached for comment.

After Simonton is released, he will be transferred to Forsyth County, where he will face charges of serious injury by motor vehicle, interference of government property, reckless driving and fleeing/attempting to elude.