NORTHEAST FORSYTH -- A Kennesaw man is facing more than a dozen charges, including possession of a large amount of methamphetamine, after he led a high-speed police chase Monday through Hall and Forsyth counties and crashed his motorcycle into a patrol vehicle.
Drew Johnston, 31, reportedly refused to pull over for a Georgia State Patrol trooper who initiated a traffic stop about 7:15 p.m. May 30 on Dawsonville Highway (Hwy. 53) in Gainesville because his motorcycle did not have a tag displayed, according to GSP Sgt. Tim Meyer.
Three troopers joined in the pursuit as Johnston fled westward on Hwy. 53, Meyer said.
One trooper drove in front of Johnston around Anderson Lake Road to slow him down, but he reportedly attempted to pass the patrol vehicle on the southbound shoulder.
Johnston’s motorcycle struck the vehicle and overturned into a ditch, Meyer said.
He was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, trafficking in methamphetamine, felony obstruction of an officer, felony fleeing and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
He was reportedly only traveling about 10 miles per hour at the time of the crash, Meyer said, though Johnston did speed during the pursuit.
Meyer said he struggled briefly with deputies in an attempt to resist arrest and was subdued with a Taser.
He was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries before being detained in Hall County.
In addition to the drug and other felony accusations, Johnston was charged with “a whole host of traffic infractions,” including aggressive and reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road, driving with a suspended license, no proof of insurance, passing in a no-passing zone, driving within a gore area, improper lane changes, hit and run, speeding, driving without a tag and failure to maintain lane.
He was also charged with open container and possession of drug-related objects and was found with “several bundles of cash.”
Meyer said no law enforcement personnel were injured in the incident. The patrol vehicle that was struck by the motorcycle received minor damage on its front end.
According to Deputy Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the agency assisted in controlling traffic after the accident.