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Marietta man arrested following high-speed chase after being caught in child sex sting Tuesday

Updated: May 12, 2019

A construction worker caught in a multi-state child sex exploitation sting led several law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase north on Hwy. 27 from Armuchee to the LaFayette bypass Tuesday afternoon. Andrew Benjamin Nelson, 42, of Marietta was arrested on charges of attempted aggravated child molestation and obscene internet contact with a child, according to jail reports. His arrest was part of "Operation Southern Impact III". The operation yielded a total of 82 people being arrested, and 17 children rescued or identified as victims during a mutually coordinated operation between eight southeastern states, according to the GBI. During the first day of the operation, Nelson fled from Floyd County Investigators and The Georgia State Patrol in his Ford explore from the Armuchee area traveling northbound on Highway. Nelson traveled through two school zones at a high rate of speed and ran the red light at Little Texas Valley Road. He also drove on the wrong side of the road putting other drivers in danger, according to the report. Nelson traveled 7.5 miles in Floyd County before crossing into Chattooga County. The chase continued in the southbound lanes of Highway 27 where speeds reached more than 100-mph. Chattooga County Deputies deployed spike strips just south of Magnolia Ridge. Nelson was able to avoid the spike strips. Nelson flew through the Summerville City limits and Trion continuing into Walker County. A Walker County Sheriff Deputy deployed spike strips as well near Shattuck Industrial Blvd. The pursuit continued onto the LaFayette bypass where Georgia State Patrol preformed a PIT maneuver on Nelson's explore which exited the roadway and flipped. Nelson was quickly taken into custody without incident and transported by Puckett EMS. Nelson is also facing charges of fleeing or attempting to elude and aggravated assault driving on the wrong side of the road, running a red light, reckless driving, aggressive driving, too fast for conditions, driving in the central turn lane, improper passing, and failure to signal.