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High-speed chase ends in Cumming teens arrest on drug, theft charges
High speed chase Austin Smith

DAWSONVILLE — A Cumming teenager remains in custody a week after Dawson County authorities say he stole a friend's car and was arrested following a high-speed chase.

Austin Douglas Smith, 19, is being held at the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center on an array of traffic violations and drug and theft charges. Bond has been set at $15,200.

Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle said Smith was caught March 8 near Rock Creek Park after leading deputies on a chase in which speeds reportedly reached 80 mph.

"He stole a co-workers car in Forsyth County ... and was spotted by one of our investigators on Hwy. 9 south at the apartments next to Peach Brandy Cottage," Carlisle said.

According to Carlisle, Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies were attempting to make contact with Smith in reference to a car theft that occurred a day earlier when he left the scene in the stolen vehicle.

Dawson deputies were able to catch up with him on Bannister Road, off Hwy. 9.

"He was arrested without incident," he said.

Smith has been charged with four counts of possession of dangerous drugs, four counts of drugs not in original container and three counts of theft by taking.

He also faces charges of speeding, reckless driving, fleeing or eluding police officer, driving on the wrong side of the road, failure to maintain lane, following too close and two counts of passing on a hill or curve, and according to jail records.

"Forsyth County is going to charge him with theft by taking motor vehicle in their county," Carlisle said. "We are investigating some other thefts that he may be involved in, here in Dawson."