Crime

Man Shows Up To DUI Sentencing Drunk, Then Leads Police On Car Chase

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Georgia man who allegedly arrived drunk to court for his DUI sentencing fled the courtroom Tuesday and led police on a car chase.

James Earl Johnson, 44, of Decatur, was sentenced to 63 days in jail after he failed to pay more than $2,000 in fines for a previous DUI conviction.

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Michael Thifault, a witness in the Johns Creek courtroom, said Johnson was “argumentative” with the district attorney and his parole officer.

When his sentence was announced Tuesday morning, Johnson ran from the courtroom, jumped into a truck and drove away.

During a pursuit, police say Johnson drove his truck at an officer.

When police caught up to Johnson in Suwanee, he was uncooperative. He was Tasered and taken into custody.

“He was non-compliant in his probation and I guess his acts were consistent with his acts as a probationer also,” City Solicitor Bill Riley told WSB-TV.

Johnson was taken to a local hospital before being booked into Fulton County Jail.

On Wednesday, he was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, reckless driving, fleeing and attempting to elude, obstruction and driving with a suspended license, in addition to DUI.

Sources: UPIAJC