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Teens indicted for March car thefts, police chase in south Forsyth
Accused of stealing two cars, entering a dozen more
Seymour Demetrius Prather
Seymour Demetrius Prather.

Two teens who reportedly stole two cars from a subdivision in south Forsyth and led deputies on a multi-county car chase in late March were recently indicted on 14 counts of entering an automobile and two counts of theft by a Forsyth County Grand Jury.

Seymour Demetrius Prather, 18, of Stockbridge, and Darnell Cedric Pressley, 19, of Atlanta, were also indicted for fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

The encounter with Forsyth County deputies, and later officers from the Johns Creek Police Department, began in the Shakerag Farms subdivision, which is located off McGinnis Ferry Road, on Monday, March 27.

“Somebody placed a 911 call around 5 a.m. in reference to someone trying to steal his car,” said Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, at the time. “Our deputies were close and the first deputy responding passed the first [getaway] car coming out of subdivision, [identifying Pressley] based on the description the homeowner gave us.

Darnell Cedric Pressley
Darnell Cedric Pressley.

“A chase ensued over to Johns Creek, where the stolen car then crashed, and [Pressley] got out and ran on foot into a creek area that was half water, half grass.”

While the initial chase was occurring, another chase was initiated after a second responding deputy saw Prather attempting to leave the same subdivision.

“Another responding deputy passed another car coming out of the subdivision, but that car then goes back into the subdivision and gets lost,” Rainwater said. “The deputy is chasing that guy and eventually the second stolen car takes out a few mailboxes trying to get back out of the subdivision, [ultimately] abandoning the car and running on foot.”

He was later arrested on Old Atlanta Road by a deputy who was patrolling the area.

“The deputy noticed a suspicious person covered up in mud and water as if he had been going up creeks all night,” Rainwater said. “The deputy put two and two together and arrested [him] for the stolen vehicle.”

At the time of the incident, Rainwater said deputies found the men had broken into at least 12 other vehicles before escaping in a 2010 Acura MDX and a 2006 Honda Pilot.

Pressley also faced property damage and traffic charges in Johns Creek.

He has a prior arrest history, though none of his previous arrests were in Forsyth County.

Prather has no prior criminal history in Forsyth County.

Forsyth County Superior Court Judge Phillip Smith will preside over both cases, for which no trial dates have been set.