Suwanee man arrested for allegedly deserting Army

SUWANEE - A 19-year-old man who was wanted for allegedly deserting his position in the United States Army was arrested Wednesday night at his Suwanee residence, Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said.

Sheriff's deputies were waiting for Evan Andrew Riley, 19, at his house to serve the warrant when the man pulled his Jeep into the driveway, Bourbonnais said. Deputies then moved their patrol cars behind the driveway to block Riley from leaving. That's when he allegedly refused to get out of his vehicle, put it in reverse and struck a patrol car, she said.

Riley was arrested without further incident. No one was injured.

In addition to his hold with the U.S. Army, Riley faces charges of obstruction of a law enforcement officer and improper backing.

It is not known how long Riley allegedly deserted his post or to which unit he is assigned.

An Army spokesman did not return repeated phone calls.