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Police say man tried to run down officers

BUFORD -- A Buford man high on crack cocaine attempted to hit Gwinnett County police officers with his vehicle and led them on a high-speed chase Monday, police said.

According to the incident report, police responded to a call at 210 Latimore Ave. in reference to drugs being used at the residence.

When they arrived on the scene, police said, the suspect and two passengers were entering a vehicle. They drew their weapons and ordered the driver to stop.

The suspect, 43-year-old Ricky Eugene Loyd, reportedly swerved and attempted to hit one officer before speeding off.

The officer who gave chase in his vehicle caught up to Loyd on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and reported that the suspect "began driving very fast and running every stop sign and traffic light he came to."

The two passengers were no longer in the car.

A third responding officer was awaiting Loyd as he turned onto Shadburn Ferry Road. The suspect then directed his vehicle "straight toward" the squad car, missing by a "very small margin," police said.

As the chase continued, Loyd swerved off the road several times and blew two tires, the pursuing officer wrote.

On a "long straight portion" of Holiday Road, the officer decided it would be safe to perform a PIT maneuver to put an end to the chase. After the first attempt was unsuccessful, the officer was able to spin Loyd into a ditch, he said.

Upon being arrested, Loyd reportedly told paramedics that he was under the influence of cocaine. A crack pipe was later found under the driver's seat, police said.

Loyd is being retained in Gwinnett County jail on two charges of assault with a deadly weapon, fleeing, reckless driving and driving under the influence.

Loyd was already on probation for shoplifting charges in Hall County.