Police: Renegade driver faces 30 charges

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Dacula man faces 30 felony and traffic charges after police say he intentionally rammed other vehicles, pin-balling down Interstate 85 for 21 miles Wednesday afternoon.

Police say 52-year-old Mike Strawn drove nearly the length of Gwinnett County in a 2007 Dodge Ram, hitting roughly seven vehicles and setting off a police chase about 12:30 p.m.

No serious injuries were reported. One motorist complained of pain, police said.

Strawn's motives and sobriety at the time are under investigation, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Brian Kelly.

The melee began on southbound I-85 near the Hamilton Mill Road exit when Strawn reportedly slammed a vehicle and kept driving. As 911 calls flooded in, an officer spotted the red Dodge Ram near Boggs Road in Duluth and gave chase.

Strawn, alone in the truck, feigned like he was pulling over and tore away again, ramming another vehicle less than a minute later, then another, Kelly said.

The officer radioed for backup to conduct a strategic maneuver designed to disable vehicles called a PIT, but in the meantime Strawn rammed another vehicle hard enough to disable the truck, Kelly said.

Strawn was immediately taken into custody and jailed. Charges against him continued to mount Thursday afternoon. They include aggravated assault, hit and run and various traffic charges.

Strawn remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.