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High speed chase in Monroe Co.

A Tennessee man has been arrested after a high speed chase in Monroe County Wednesday night. Here is the full text of a news release from Allison Selma-Willis, public information officer for the Monroe County sheriff’s office: A Tennessee man is being charged with several traffic offenses after fleeing when a City of Forsyth police officer attempted to stop the car last night, May 4, 2011 on I-75 SB. Todd Ruston, 34, of Johnson City, TN fled after a police officer attempted to pull over his Red Chevy Cavalier around 9 p.m.. The chase, which at times reached speeds of over 100 mph, was joined by Monroe County deputies on I-475. “Ruston attempted to elude law enforcement using several different and very dangerous methods,” said Sheriff JC Bittick. “Unfortunately, chases are becoming more and more common.” Police officers and Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies continued to attempt to get Ruston to pull over but due to traffic concerns and safety were unable to employee spike strips to disable the vehicle. Ruston exited I-75 at Zebulon Rd. and made several U-turns before getting back on I-75 SB. Eventually, a Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy was able to PIT the car, which struck a concrete median barrier south of Hartley Bridge Road in Bibb County. Ruston surrendered to police without further resistance. He is being held at the Monroe County Jail and is charged with fleeing and attempting to elude, improper lane change, two charges of reckless driving, two speeding tickets, failure to maintain lane, failure to use turn signal, improper left or right turn and failure to stop at a stop sign.

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