SYLVANIA - After a Sylvania man eluded police more than two years ago, warrants for his arrest were served when he was finally located last week.
On August 28, 2008, Officer Mike Dickerson documented a high speed chase during which he reported Gary Roundtree crashing into a road sign before parking his friend's vehicle at an apartment complex and fleeing from police.
Dickerson said the chase started when a silver Chrysler was reported traveling at high speed on First Street. The vehicle and its driver were later found parked nearby. Police told the driver not to attempt driving until the following morning, Dickerson said.
Later that night, police attempted a traffic stop on the same vehicle, when the driver turned left off North Main Street onto Habersham Road at such a high rate of speed, he almost lost control, Dickerson said.
He said the driver, later identified as Roundtree, disregarded his patrol car signal, recklessly driving through the stop sign at the Habersham/301 Bypass intersection. Attempting a left turn heading South towards the Ford Dealership, Dickerson said Roundtree slid into a traffic sign shattering the vehicle's windshield.
He continued driving until reaching Westview Apartments, Dickerson said, when two suspects exited the vehicle.
Dickerson reported that the unknown driver fled toward the back of the apartments, while the passenger approached his patrol vehicle, identifying the driver as Gary Roundtree.
The passenger said the vehicle had recently been purchased by his mother.
Two years later, Officer Shane Burke served arrest warrants to Roundtree, 30 of Westview Circle, who was charged with driving while license suspended/revoked, fleeing or attempting to elude police, reckless driving, and hit and run-failure to stop and render aid.
Lt. Tony Taylor said Roundtree was incarcerated elsewhere for about a year, after which police finally located him.