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Police: Hunt for wild driver ongoing

NORCROSS -- A manhunt continues for a Lawrenceville driver accused of running over a Gwinnett police officer's foot during a traffic stop and forcing cars off roadways during a subsequent chase.

Police said Luis Rivera, 19, eventually dumped his 1996 Chevrolet Lumina in an unsuspecting resident's driveway Friday evening, leaving behind clues as to why he'd allegedly fled: Court documents showing his license had been suspended two days prior.

Rivera is charged with felony aggravated assault, reckless driving and fleeing police. Police have reached some family members but have yet to locate him Tuesday.

The officer, a supervisor with the crime suppression unit, initially stopped Rivera for driving without a tag near Singleton and Harbins roads, according to a police report.

Rivera acted suspiciously and sped away after a back-up unit arrived. The officer incurred some pain in his toes but did not miss duty, said Gwinnett police spokesman Officer Brian Kelly.

Rivera allegedly ran several cars off the road as he fled. K-9 and helicopter units could not locate him, the report says.

Police contacted Rivera's ex-girlfriend, who told them the pair had split three days prior, due in part to mental stresses he was under, the report says. Several writings found in the abandoned car "described the subject as ready to die," police said.

Investigators suggested the ex-girlfriend obtain a temporary protective order and instructed her on how to do so.

Police urge anyone with information on Luis Rivera's whereabouts to call the Gwinnett County Police Department at 770-513-5100.