A motorcyclist being pursued by Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies ended the chase Wednesday night by reportedly ramming the stolen vehicle into a patrol car in north Forsyth.
David Emory Castleberry, 30, of Keith Bridge Road suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash and faces many charges, said Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Rick Doyle, the agency’s director of operations.
Among the counts are: fleeing or attempting to elude for a felony offense; reckless driving; theft by receiving a stolen vehicle; and driving under the influence of drugs.
Castleberry, who was sought for violating probation in a previous motorcycle theft case, also has been charged with driving while license suspended or revoked, having an obscured or missing license plate and failure to obey signs or control devices.
The incident remains under investigation and more charges could be added, said Karleen Chalker, sheriff’s office spokeswoman.
As of Thursday afternoon, Castleberry remained at North Fulton Hospital. Once released, he will be booked into the Forsyth County Detention Center, Chalker said.
According to Doyle, the incident began Wednesday about 11:40 p.m. when a deputy spotted a motorcycle near Bethelview Road and Canton Highway (Hwy. 20) that matched the description of one that had been reported stolen.
“When the motorcyclist spotted the deputy, he accelerated at a high rate of speed prior to the deputy activating his lights,” Doyle said.
Deputies ahead of the pursuit parked two vehicles at Spot Road and Hwy. 9 to slow or stop Castleberry, he said.
“There was ample room for the motorcycle to go around the [deputy’s] vehicle, but instead he chose to ram [into it],” Doyle said.
According to Chalker, Castleberry also had a Jan. 17 felony warrant for probation violation.
Forsyth County Superior Court records show that Castleberry was on probation for felony theft by receiving. He had been sentenced Dec. 7 to three years and six months of probation after pleading guilty.
The indictment in the case states Castleberry had received and disposed of a stolen motorcycle in June.