CORNELIA – A 15-year-old driver faces charges after fleeing from a Cornelia police officer late Tuesday night.
Just after 11 p.m., Cornelia Police Officer Alex Rivera observed a black Hyundai Sonata failing to stop for the stop sign at the intersection of Industrial Boulevard and Wayside Street, said Maj. Jonathan Roberts, assistant police chief.
“Officer Rivera pulled in behind the Black Hyundai and activated his blue lights, signaling the driver to pull over and stop,” Roberts said in a statement.
The driver then failed to stop for the blue lights and accelerated to more than 80 mph, Roberts said.
“Officer Rivera discontinued the chase because the offense was considered minor,” Roberts said. “The Black Hyundai continued traveling on South Main Street at a high rate of speed. Officer Rivera turned off his blue lights, slowed down, notified Dispatch he was no longer in pursuit and also continued to travel down South Main.”
After losing sight of the fleeing vehicle in the curve of South Main and Yonah Street, Rivera saw the vehicle on its roof, got out and checked on the driver, taking him into custody, Roberts said.
Soon after that, officers learned the driver was a juvenile, age 15. Habersham Emergency Services and the juvenile’s parents were called to the scene, where the parents refused medical treatment for a small scratch on the juvenile, Roberts said.
“The driver was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, failure to stop at a stop sign, and failure to maintain lane,” Roberts said. “This case has been remanded to the Department of Juvenile Justice.”
The juvenile’s name has not been released.