A Hoschton man faces eight traffic offenses, one of which is a felony, for trying to elude Commerce police. He also apparently faces drug-related charges from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Mark Joseph McCarty, 34, 160 Legendary Drive, Hoschton, was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude police, driving with a suspended license, failure to maintain a lane, running a stop sign, a headlight violation, reckless driving, passing in a no-passing zone and driving on the wrong side of the road.
In addition, he was arrested on warrants from Jackson County, Towns County and the State Board of Pardons and Paroles.
The Commerce police became involved when an officer, responding to a Jackson County lookout for a black pickup truck with one headlight out, encountered the vehicle on Old Harden Orchard Road. According to the arrest report, Jackson County deputies were working on a narcotics “buy operation” and lost contact with the vehicle on Steve Reynolds Industrial Boulevard.
The Commerce officer activated his blue lights, but the officer reported that McCarty sped up. As he followed, the officer reported that the vehicle crossed the center line, drove on the wrong side of the road and ran the stop sign at Mount Olive Road. The officer clocked the vehicle doing 80 miles per hour in a 45-mph zone, followed it as it turned left on King Road, then right on Old Maysville Road, right onto Hwy. 98 and left on Woods Bridge Road, where the officer clocked him at 90 miles per hour.
The vehicle turned left on Hwy. 82 Spur, then right on Dry Pond Road, where it passed another vehicle in a no-passing road. As the chase continued on Holly Springs Road, the officer reported that the truck’s engine blew, the vehicle came to a stop and McCarty surrendered without incident.
For reports on all incidents and arrests recorded during the past week by the Commerce Police Department, see the Feb. 26 issue of The Commerce News.