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Suspect jumps out of running car that strikes Forsyth County cop car
James Ensley
James Ensley

NORTH FORSYTH -- Drivers are taught to put a car in park before exiting the vehicle to keep from crashing into anything, but one Powder Springs man was apparently in too much of a rush to flee from Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies to prevent his vehicle from backing into a police car.

James Ensley, 32, is wanted for felony fleeing and attempting to elude, obstruction, driving on a suspended license and failure to maintain lane after his Chevrolet Camaro slid backward into a marked patrol vehicle Saturday while he fled from a traffic stop in north Forsyth.

He allegedly jumped out of his still-running car and ran away from deputies who followed him into the Rose Creek subdivision.

A deputy had been travelling west on Spot Road around 9 p.m. when Ensley turned onto Gravitt Road and supposedly failed to maintain his lane, entering the lane of oncoming traffic, according to an incident report.

Ensley stopped in the parking lot of a nearby business, but when the deputy turned on his blue lights to initiate a traffic stop, “the vehicle sped off north on Gravitt Road towards Matt Highway,” the report said.

Ensley reportedly continued on Matt Hwy. until he reached the area of Rose Creek Drive, where another deputy had blocked off part of the road.

After jumping out, the driverless car rolled into the deputy’s vehicle.

According to the report, there were two passengers in the car at the time, though neither was injured.

A K-9 unit attempted to find Ensley with no luck, and the sheriff’s office has active warrants for his arrest.

Anyone with information regarding Ensley’s whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (770) 886-2800.