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Atlanta man arrested after high-speed chase ends in Gordon County, says he was running from Covid-19

From the Georgia State Patrol: On April 5, at approximately 9:30 a.m., a trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a Kia K900 for traveling above the posted speed limit on I-75 southbound near the commercial vehicle weigh station. The suspect refused to stop after the trooper activated his patrol vehicle's emergency equipment. As a result, a pursuit ensued. The pursuit continued southbound into Gordon County. As the suspect approached the 318 exit, the troopers and deputies from the Gordon County S.O. entered I-75 southbound and began to slow roll in an attempt to get the suspect vehicle to slow down. As this occurred, the suspect steered his vehicle off the west edge of the roadway traveling down an embankment where his vehicle became stuck and could not continue. The suspect was removed from his vehicle and taken into custody. There were no injuries or damage sustained to the violator, troopers, patrol vehicles, or suspect vehicle. The suspect stated that he was scared of the COVID-19 virus and that was why he was running. The suspect was transported to the Whitfield County jail where he was charged and released.

The suspect, Jacob Routh, age 42 of Atlanta, was charged with the following: Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officer (Felony); Reckless Conduct; DUI; Failure to Maintain Lane; Following Too Closely; Speeding in Excess of Maximum Limits; Failure to Signal When Turning or Changing Lanes; and Reckless Driving.