WEST FORSYTH — Rabid support of a football team occasionally comes at a cost. In the case of one apparent 17-year-old South Forsyth High School fan, that cost included a $20,000 bond and five charges including aggravated assault on an officer.
The teenage driver triggered a chase Friday night after he reportedly ignored a Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputy who attempted to stop his pickup truck as he was leaving West Forsyth High School.
The Wolverines had just completed a stirring fourth-quarter rally to knock off region rival and previously undefeated South 38-34, with West students storming their home field afterward.
“What drew deputies’ attention to the driver was him screaming obscenities out of the window toward West Forsyth High students,” said Robin Regan, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
It could not be determined whether the young driver is a South student or just a fan. Due to his age, his name has not been released.
As he sped away from campus, the driver nearly hit a deputy who was directing traffic. The deputy had to jump out of the way, Regan said.
The teen then continued to drive recklessly around 75-80 miles per hour, according to reports, nearly crossing over into oncoming traffic and weaving in and out of lanes and past vehicles.
Deputies gave chase and the pursuit ended miles later outside the teen’s home in a subdivision off Old Atlanta Road, where they talked to his parents and took him into custody without further incident.
The teen, who was traveling alone, was charged with two felony counts — aggravated assault on an officer and fleeing/attempting to elude — and three misdemeanors. Those include reckless driving, criminal trespass and hit and run for striking a mailbox during the chase.
According to the sheriff’s office, he was released from the Forsyth County Jail about 5 a.m. Saturday after posting a $20,185 bond.
Alcohol or drugs are not thought to have been factors in his behavior, according to Regan.