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Three Charged in Police Chase, Alleged Assault on Motorcycle Officer

Police say a Cobb County motor officer was nearly run down after attempting to stop a vehicle on Barrett Parkway this morning.

Three people have been charged in connection with a police chase and alleged aggravated assault on a police officer that occurred on Ernest Barrett Parkway and George Busbee Parkway in Kennesaw at 7:30 a.m. Friday.

A Cobb County motorcycle officer was nearly run down after attempting to stop a white 1994 Honda Civic on Barrett Parkway, according to Cobb Police spokesman Officer Mike Bowman.

The officer activated both blue lights and the siren, but the driver of the Honda failed to yield, then made a U-turn and accelerated head-on with the police motorcycle, said Bowman.

The Honda attempted to strike the officer, who was able to maneuver away and avoid being hit; the pursuit was called off due to the dangerous nature of the situation, said Bowman.

Officers responded to the area, spotted the vehicle and engaged in a pursuit after the Honda once again failed to stop for police. The Honda continued northbound on George Busbee Parkway, ran a red light at the intersection of Busbee and Chastain roads, then crashed into another vehicle, said Bowman.

The driver of that vehicle was not injured.

The driver of the Honda, 22-year-old Justin Clark of Canton, fled on foot but was later apprehended.

According to investigators, a shot was fired during the pursuit, although it is believed this was the result of an accidental discharge when a passenger in the Honda attempted to get a firearm out of his pants.

Police charged Clark with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, multiple traffic offenses, fleeing and attempting to elude, obstruction, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Jonathan Earwood, 22, of Canton was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Ashley Caudle, 28, of Marietta was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

All suspects are currently being held at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crimes Against Persons at 770-499-3945.

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