Friday, May 17, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Guess the third time really is the charm.
Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Deputy Shannon Volkodav said Jonathan Leonard Martin was located Wednesday by the department's fugitive unit after they "conducted surveillance at various locations that (he) was known to frequent." Martin was arrested without incident -- after having fled from various authorities twice in the span of 10 days.
On May 4, Georgia State Patrol members attempted to pull Martin over after an alleged traffic violation. According to Volkodav, he led troopers on a high-speed chase, crashed his vehicle and fled successfully on foot. Originally wanted only on a probation violation out of Barrow County, GSP filed 15 new warrants for Martin's arrest following the incident.
On Monday, Martin was reportedly a passenger in a stolen vehicle that Gwinnett County police officers pulled over.
"As the driver exited the vehicle, Martin jumped into the driver's seat, once again initiating a high-speed chase," Volkodav said. "Martin fled at speeds exceeding 90 miles per hour, nearly striking police cruisers and running a red light at the intersection of Hamilton Mill Parkway and Braselton Highway."
The pursuing officers backed off the chase to "ensure the safety of the public," Volkodav said. GCPD filed four more warrants for Martin's arrest.
Martin, no stranger to the Gwinnett County jail in recent months, was arrested Wednesday and is being held without bond. Online records listed only the charges filed by Gwinnett County police: reckless driving, theft by taking, obstruction of an officer and fleeing or eluding. The latter three are felonies.