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Auburn police arrest man wanted in Gwinnett

AUBURN - Auburn police officers Monday found a man wanted on numerous charges in Gwinnett County in a stolen car.

Auburn police officers were conducting a road check for driver's licenses, insurance and tags at Ga. Highways 8 and 324 at 1:36 a.m. Monday.

A driver, Douglas Huggins, 36, of Dacula became nervous, police reports said, and drove away. Police clocked Huggins driving 95 mph down Ga. 8, according to police reports. Huggins pulled into the CSX rail yard on Ga. 8 where he and a passenger abandoned the car and ran. The unidentified passenger jumped on a moving train and got away, Auburn Police Chief Fred Brown said.

The car had been reported stolen from a transmission shop in Dacula. Because of its transmission problems, the car struck an Auburn patrol car, scuffing the patrol car's bumper and causing about $1,000 in damage. The stolen car also hit the CSX building, causing minimal damage. Police were unsure how much damage was done to the stolen car.

Auburn police found drug paraphernalia, weapons and contraband inside the car and are working with federal authorities to identify those items, Brown said.

Huggins was arrested and charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police officer, hit and run/leaving the scene of an accident (third offense), possession of less than one ounce of marijuana (second offense), driving too fast for conditions, driving under suspended or revoked license, reckless driving, felony theft by receiving stolen property (automobile), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or probationer, possession of controlled substance, driving under the influence, possession of a drug-related object and misdemeanor obstruction of an officer.

Huggins was pictured in Saturday's Gwinnett Daily Post on The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department's wanted list. He was wanted for Superior Court probation violation, obstruction of law enforcement officer, theft by receiving and violation of the Georgia controlled substances act, according to information released by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department.

Huggins remains in the Barrow County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

"This is an example of how good policing works without people getting hurt," Brown said.