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Emmitt Grubbs

A Lawrenceville man with a lengthy criminal history who was caught on dashboard camera putting a teenager in a headlock and dragging him down Ga. Highway 316 in his car was released on bond from the Gwinnett County Jail on Wednesday.

According to a police report, on June 6, Emmitt Grubbs was driving east on 316 when he pulled off to the right shoulder. When the victim, 18-year-old Shawn Roberts of Statham, drove by him, Grubbs turned left directly in front of Roberts, causing Roberts to hit him, the report said.

Roberts, who called 911, told responding police that Grubbs got out of his vehicle, hit Roberts in the face and stole his car keys before returning to his vehicle.

Roberts kicked Grubbs through the window of Roberts' truck, the report said. In an attempt to get his keys back, Roberts exited his vehicle with a baseball bat. In response, Grubbs put Roberts in a headlock and started to drive away.

Video from Roberts’ dashboard camera shows Grubbs pinning the teen to the driver-side door with his arms and starting to drive off as cars passed. Roberts was dragged about a quarter to a half mile before he was able to free himself.

Grubbs, who was arrested Tuesday, was charged with aggressive driving, hit and run, robbery and aggravated assault. He was released on bond the same day.

The incident wasn’t Grubbs’ first violent offense, jail records show, nor was it his first road rage incident.

In October 2017, he was arrested on charges of aggressive driving and simple battery by provoking contact. In total, he’s been arrested 11 times in Gwinnett for a variety of violent crimes or motor vehicle incidents since 2002.

Taylor Denman is a reporter born and raised in Gwinnett County. He came back home to seize the rare opportunity of telling stories in the county he grew up in.