Police chase ends in wreck on GA 365 in Demorest


Alleged DUI driver had numerous outstanding warrants

An Atlanta woman faces numerous charges after leading law enforcement on a two-county chase that ended in a wreck in Demorest.

34-year-old Katherine Blehm fled from a State Trooper Sunday night in Rabun County. TFC Travis Sanders of Patrol Post 7 in Toccoa says shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday Rabun County dispatch issued a lookout for a black Dodge Charger in reference to it following another vehicle and erratic driving. Sanders says he spotted the car on GA 15/365 at McKay Road and tried to pull it over. “The vehicle failed to yield to my blue lights and siren and began to flee traveling south,” Sanders says.

The pursuit crossed into Habersham County and continued south on GA 15/GA 365.  A Habersham deputy deployed spike strips near Cody Road and two additional sets of spike strips were deployed near the intersection of GA 365 and Demorest Mount Airy Highway.

“As the violator vehicle was traveling out of the intersection of GA 365 and Demorest Mount Airy Highway, it struck a sport utility vehicle in the rear,” Sanders says.

Blehm was arrested. She faces numerous charges in both counties including felony fleeing while attempting to elude, driving under the influence, reckless driving and aggressive driving, speeding, too fast for conditions, failure  to maintain lane, and following too closely. Sanders says Blehm had “numerous” outstanding arrest warrants.

More charges may be filed against her.

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