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Suspect runs after traffic stop, schools lock down in south Forsyth
Derrick-Cobb WEB

SOUTH FORSYTH -- A Decatur man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he fled a traffic stop in south Forsyth.

A deputy pulled over a car on Atlanta Highway near Mullinax Road, and the driver, Derrick Cobb, 39. reportedly jumped out and ran, according to Deputy Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

The passenger was detained on scene while deputies established a perimeter to find the fleeing suspect and was released without being charged after the incident.

Cobb was charged with obstruction, fleeing and attempting to elude, speeding, reckless driving, improper passing, improper U-turn and driving on a suspended license.

He was transported to the Forsyth County Jail, where he remained, as of Thursday afternoon, on a $6,550.50 bond. Rodriguez said he also has holds out of DeKalb and Cobb counties.

Out of precaution, Midway Elementary School was put on a code yellow lockdown, a sheriff’s office Facebook post said, which means “a potentially dangerous situation exists outside the physical building,” according to the Forsyth County Schools School Safety and Student Discipline Department.

During a code yellow, anyone outside returns into the building, and doors are locked.

The Covenant Christian Academy on Post Road was also placed on lockdown, according to a later edit in the post.

Rodriguez said Cobb, was found hiding under a car in a nearby neighborhood and arrested, and the school lockdowns were lifted shortly thereafter.