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Police chase ends in arrest

LAWRENCEVILLE - A police pursuit Friday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a Lawrenceville man.

Lawrenceville police Sgt. C.R. Morgan said Paul Ball, 48, led police on a brief pursuit through the city about 3:45 p.m. before the chase ended in the backyard of a private residence.

Police attempted to stop Ball's vehicle, but he continued to drive, Morgan said.

Police believe Ball refused to stop because of a suspended driver's license, no insurance and a warrant from the sheriff's department for failure to appear for a drug possession charge, Morgan said.

During the chase, neither the suspect nor the officer went any faster than 45 miles per hour, Morgan said.

"It wasn't a high-speed (chase)," Morgan said. "Forty-five miles an hour - that's about as fast as we got."

Ball turned onto several streets before pulling into the a private residence on Ezzard Street, Morgan said.

He then pulled into the backyard which led up to a wooded area, Morgan said.

Ball's vehicle got stuck in a small ditch, and before he had the chance to flee the vehicle, three officers caught up to him, Morgan said.

He was arrested and taken without incident.

Morgan said Ball is charged with driving without insurance, driving with a suspended license and fleeing and attempting to elude an officer.