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Guilty plea for commotion on 400
Sentence includes six months in jail
Evans WEB

A Dawsonville man whose actions after a September wreck triggered a manhunt and disrupted traffic on Ga. 400 has pleaded guilty to several charges.

Luke Monroe Evans, 22, was arrested Sept. 4 at the end of a two-hour search that began after he crashed his truck and then attempted to enter vehicles stopped on Ga. 400 in north Forsyth.

Evans received a 36-month sentence, with six months to serve in jail, for two counts of reckless conduct and one count of criminal trespass.

His sentence, handed down Friday in Forsyth County Superior Court, also requires him to complete 100 hours of community service and undergo substance abuse evaluation.

According to his indictment, Evans’ “act of running in traffic on Georgia 400 causing drivers to swerve their vehicles [that could] cause harm to and endanger the safety of said persons and the disregard constituted a gross deviation from the standard of care which a reasonable person would exercise in the situation.”

He eluded authorities for a couple of hours Sept. 4 before he was found that night in woods near Hubbard Town Road.

The search of that area of Ga. 400, just south of the Dawson County line, included several sheriff’s deputies and dogs.

Forsyth County 911 began receiving reports of the man’s actions after the single-vehicle wreck.

According to the sheriff’s office, they started with a complaint of a suspicious person “running through traffic on Ga. 400 and attempt[ing] to jump into the bed of a truck and open the doors of multiple cars stopped at the intersection [with Crossroads Road].”

Sheriff’s reports noted a witness had seen a man trying to enter vehicles, including her own, in a pawn shop parking lot before running into the woods.

Evans was not prosecuted on a charge of residential burglary, for which he also had been indicted. That charge stemmed from having reportedly entered a home on Settingdown.