Posted: Thursday, June 5th 2014 at 5:56pm
Rollover accident turns into manhunt, suspect in custody
By Alyson Shields Staff
GAINESVILLE - A routine traffic stop escalated into a rollover accident and later a man hunt in north Hall County Thursday afternoon, according to authorities.
A Georgia State Patrol trooper attempted to pull over the suspect, 19-year-old William Matthew Hulsey, on Hubert Stephens Road at the entrance to the Overlook at North Hall subdivision.
"A GSP trooper was attempting to make a traffic stop on a maroon Chevy S-10. The driver failed to yield and a pursuit ensued," Gordy Wright of the Georgia State Patrol said.
Hall County Sheriff's Deputy Nicole Bailes said it was a minor traffic violation that prompted the initial stop attempt. Bailes said the county was called to assist the State Patrol at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
"During that (car chase), the state patrol attempted to do a pit maneuver on this vehicle, and in return, both vehicles ended up overturned," Bailes said.
Bailes said the trooper did not suffer any life threatening injuries, but the suspect fled the scene of the rollover on foot. She said K-9 units responded for the manhunt, along with Georgia Department of Natural Resources personnel.
According to Hall County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Mann, Hulsey was later arrested and received medical treatment.
Wright said the trooper was sent to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.
Mann said a booking photo and any charges against Hulsey would be available Friday morning.
AccessNorthGA.com's Rob Moore contributed to this story.
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