Man arrested ÜV0er car hits police motorcycle

DULUTH - A man was arrested Dec. 30 after his car hit a police motorcycle and he then tried to flee the scene in a high-speed chase police said.

A car driven by Octavio Garcia-Penaloza, 24, swerved into a lane on an I-85 northbound ramp, striking the left side of the officer's motorcycle, according to police reports. The officer pulled in front of the suspect's white Ford van, put on his lights and motioned for him to pull over. Instead, the driver continued north on I-85 past several exits, while the officer followed him traveling at 70 mph.

Near the Ga. Highway 20 exit, several Gwinnett County police cars intercepted the chase, forcing Garcia-Penaloza to slow down and stop. The driver is being held at the Gwinnett County jail on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident and driving with no license. Garcia-Penaloza's van was towed and impounded.

Man robs hotel at gunpoint

NORCROSS - An unidentified man robbed the Courtyard by Marriott hotel Tuesday at 3209 Holcomb Bridge Road.

The front desk clerk told police a white man in a red hooded sweatshirt came into the hotel at 7:40 p.m. to get a room. When asked for an ID, he replied "I don't have an ID, I got this," and pulled out a small black handgun.

The robber told the clerk to give him the money while an accomplice stood guard near the door. The second suspect is described as a white man in a black hooded sweatshirt.

The first suspect then went behind the counter and had the desk clerk cut three phone cords. The suspect also stuffed several items from the snack shop into the bag containing the stolen cash before fleeing.

Man accused of waving gun at passing cars

NORCROSS - A man walking down Jimmy Carter Boulevard was arrested Wednesday for allegedly waving a gun at cars as they drove past.

Police observed Angel Cristobal Giron, 30, pointing what appeared to be a silver pistol at his own head and at others who passed by.

According to a police report, officers attempted to stop eastbound traffic on Jimmy Carter. They told him to drop the gun, arrested him and took him to the county jail. Upon close inspection, it was clear that the pistol was actually a toy gun made out of plastic. He was held for reckless conduct.

- From staff reports