Man leads cops on high-speed chase

•DACULA - A Buford man was arrested this week after a high-speed car chase with a police officer that went from Gwinnett into Barrow County.

An officer spotted Stephen Michael Johnson, 33, on Ga. Highway 316 driving very aggressively and fast in a Horizon Plumbing Truck, a police report said.

The van made several erratic lane changes and was cutting off traffic. When the officer activated his blue lights, the driver did not slow down. The officer chased him at about 95 mph until after he entered Barrow County. He sped past a red light on Kilcrease Road, nearly causing an accident, according to the report.

After several turns, another officer reported seeing a white man running into a trailer. Barrow County deputies arrived, and together they approached the trailer.

Johnson was unable to produce a driver's license and denied being the driver of the van. He was handcuffed and searched. He declined to take the Breathalyzer test. According to the report, the driver also swore at the officers.

He was arrested and charged on five counts, including with driving with a suspended or revoked license, fleeing or eluding a police officer, reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Man chases

after robbers

•STONE MOUNTAIN - A local business owner chased two robbers and grabbed onto their car when they stole a large diamond from his jewelry store.

The owner told police that two men had come into his store on Friday afternoon, one wearing a button-up shirt and dress pants, and the other wearing a T-shirt and faded jeans.

While he was showing the first man a 2-carat diamond, the second man took the diamond and ran out the front door.

The victim chased after them, grabbing onto the open car window on the passenger side. One of the men punched and kicked him to get him off the car, while the driver made sudden stops to try to throw him off the car.

The robbers parked the car, got out and started running. The business owner later met with a police sergeant to identify the suspects on a security camera.

Man robbed giving hitchhiker a ride

•NORCROSS - A Duluth man who picked up a hitchhiker was robbed when he took her to her destination, according to a police report.

The 39-year-old victim told police that he picked up a woman at a Shell gas station in Norcross after she asked for a ride to a hotel. He drove her to the Comfort Inn and walked with her up to a room.

He used the bathroom, and when he came out he said two men and three women had entered the room. One of them pushed him, while another asked for $50.

When he asked them why, they grabbed his right pant pocket, taking his wallet and also taking his shirt.

Hotel management told police that they had seen the victim and the girl encounter the three women that entered the room but didn't see any confrontation between them.

- From staff reports