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North Forsyth driver flees at 116 in 55-mph zone
Charged with DUI, probation violation
Joshua Mason
Joshua Mason.

A north Forsyth man was recently indicted for allegedly driving 116 miles per hour on Browns Bridge Road during a March incident where he led deputies on a brief chase.

On Monday, July 10, a Forsyth County Grand Jury indicted Joshua Mason, 41, on one count of fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, one count of driving under the influence, one count of speeding and one count of reckless driving, according to the indictment.

The incident occurred March 1 when a deputy was conducting speed enforcement on the north Forsyth road.

According to an incident report, Mason allegedly approached the deputy at a “high rate of speed” while driving a silver 2016 Mercedes C300.

The speed was recorded initially at 133 mph and was locked in at 116 mph on the deputy’s radar device. Browns Bridge Road (Hwy. 369) has a speed limit of 55 mph.

After continuing to drive after the deputy turned his lights on, Mason stopped a short while later and “kept placing his hands inside the vehicle out of view,” prompting the deputy to draw his gun as precaution.

“The driver … was observed to have urinated himself as the crotch of his shorts were soaked through to the back,” the report said. “As he was placed in handcuffs, I observed a moderate odor of an alcohol beverage emitting from [him].

Mason previously pled nolo contendere — a plea where the defendant does not accept or deny responsibility for the charges but agrees to accept punishment — for public drunkenness, public indecency and simple battery.

He has not posted a $9,535 bond from the Forsyth County Jail, said Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. There is a hold on him for probation violation.

Superior Court Judge Philip C. Smith will preside over the case, for which no further date has been set.