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Posted: Sunday, August 19th 2012 at 1:23am

Clarkesville man faces charges after chase, wreck

By Rob Moore Editor
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A Ford Mustang suffered extensive front-end damage after striking a tree when the driver lost control near Cornelia Saturday night. The male driver, from Clarkesville, was said to be fleeing from Sheriff Joey Terrell at the time of the wreck on Pea Ridge Road. (Photo/Rob Moore)
CORNELIA – A 35-year-old Clarkesville man faces several charges after a brief chase that ended in a wreck near Cornelia Saturday night.

Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a green 35th-anniversary Ford Mustang GT on Pea Ridge Road. The driver, Mark Daniel Smith, failed to stop and lost control when the vehicle rounded a curve between Garrison Road and Garner Road just before 11 p.m.

The Mustang went out of control and traveled off the left shoulder of the road, striking a tree. The car then continued and struck a second tree before coming to rest. Smith was checked out by medical personnel at the scene, then was arrested by sheriff’s officers at 11:09 p.m.

Smith was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, and possession of an open container violation, detention center records show.

Pea Ridge Road essentially was closed in the area until the wrecked car was removed at 12:20 a.m. Sunday.
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