NORTHEAST FORSYTH -- A Dawsonville man with an outstanding warrant for identity fraud was arrested Saturday for a hit-and-run in northeast Forsyth that injured four people, including himself.
Jay Fields, 23, was driving on Truman Mountain Road off Dawsonville Highway (Hwy. 53) about 11:27 a.m. August 6 with three passengers when he reportedly crossed the center line and almost struck a Forsyth County deputy head on, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The report stated the officer radioed the sheriff’s office about the incident and that a deputy responded, waiting down the road for Fields to drive by.
However, when the car didn’t pass, the deputy apparently drove down the street and found Fields’ car had veered off the road and crashed into a tree.
The passengers were “visibly injured,” and the front passenger had to be extracted from the car by the Forsyth County Fire Department, the report said.
Two of the passengers were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
According to the report, a witness told the deputy she saw Fields exit the vehicle, stumble and run away.
The deputy then called a police dog and another officer, the report said. The second deputy and the dog found Fields hiding under a deck about 15-20 meters from the crash scene.
Deputies found through their data system that Fields had a Forsyth County warrant for identity fraud, as well as a suspended license for failure to appear in court.
He was transported to the Forsyth County Jail for hit and run, driving on a suspended license and failure to maintain lane, where he remained as of Tuesday afternoon on a $3,745 bond.