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Cops: Domestic dispute leads to car crash, suspect flees

Joshua Anthony Rodriguez

Joshua Anthony Rodriguez

BUFORD — A Buford man was arrested for the fifth time this year after an in-car domestic dispute led to him veering off the interstate and hitting a tree, authorities said.

According to Georgia State Patrol spokesperson Franka Young, 22-year-old Joshua Anthony Rodriguez was driving on Interstate 985 north Tuesday morning when he and a female passenger got into an argument. At about 8 a.m. and just south of Ga. Highway 20, Rodriguez drove off the road, down an embankment and into a tree.

No injuries were reported, but Rodriguez fled from the scene. He was “shortly located by Gwinnett PD and returned to the scene,” Young said.

Rodriguez was arrested and charged with the following: failure to maintain lane; suspended, cancelled or revoked registration; hit and run/leaving the scene of an accident; operating an unsafe vehicle; no insurance; reckless driving; driving with a suspended or revoked license; simple battery; and possession of an open container.

The passenger in the vehicle, a 23-year-old Braselton woman, was charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Jail records showed Rodriguez’s arrest was his fifth in Gwinnett County this year and ninth since 2008. Past charges include second-degree burglary (a felony), theft by shoplifting, driving with a suspended license, possession of marijuana and obstruction.

As of Wednesday afternoon, he was being held on just over $19,200 bond.