Thursday March 21st, 2019 10:11AM

Two-state motorcycle chase ends with crash in Habersham County

By Rob Moore Reporter

CLARKESVILLE — It may be several days before deputies learn the identity of a motorcyclist and why he failed to yield his motorcycle to officers in a pursuit that started in North Carolina and came to an end in Habersham County about 3:40 p.m. Friday.

Habersham County Sheriff’s Lt. Matt Wurtz said the chase started in Macon County, N.C., and continued into Georgia on U.S. 441 through Rabun County.

Wurtz said Rabun County units backed off pursuing the motorcycle at the Habersham County line, and Habersham deputies picked up the pursuit near Grandis Heights in Hollywood.

“When our deputies attempted the box-in maneuver, he intentionally ran his bike into the back of one of our patrol cars,” Wurtz said.

The motorcyclist was transported by ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville for treatment of his injuries.

Wurtz said he wasn’t sure of the severity of the motorcyclist’s injuries, but noted he tried to run from deputies after the collision.

Wurtz said the deputy whose car was struck is fine.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the collision.

The motorcyclist, who is being uncooperative, faces numerous charges in several jurisdictions.

Officials remained on the scene of the collision, on Ga. 15/U.S. 441 near Antioch Road, until about 5 p.m.

Wurtz said it could be Monday before officials learn the man’s identity, adding he doesn’t anticipate an update on the sheriff’s office portion of the case before then.

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