Police arrest man driving stolen car

•NORCROSS - A man fled from police who were trying to pull him over Saturday for allegedly driving a stolen car, according to a police report.

An officer on patrol ran the tag of a gold Nissan Maxima that was speeding on Jones Mill Road and discovered it was stolen. Police tried to block in the car, but the driver drove onto railroad tracks that run parallel to Buford Highway. The car went down a steep embankment and crashed at the bottom.

The driver then jumped out and began running, but he fell down and police were able to apprehend him. The man, Robert Lee Smith, claimed he didn't know the car was stolen, the report stated. Smith said he ran from police because he was afraid. Smith was charged with theft by receiving and obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Gas leak causes evacuation

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A gas leak on Ga. Highway 316 Tuesday caused the administrative offices of the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department to be evacuated for about an hour.

A construction survey crew struck a 4-inch gas line in the parking lot of the jail at 2900 Ga. 316 about 2:12 p.m., said Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department. Employees in the administrative offices were evacuated. Inmates were not evacuated.

- From staff reports