Alpharetta cops: DUI suspect reached 143 mph on Ga. 400 during chase

Credit: Alpharetta Department of Public Safety

Credit: Alpharetta Department of Public Safety

An Alpharetta officer was injured in a crash early Saturday at the end of a high-speed chase that began on southbound Ga. 400, police said.

At one point, the driver being pursued was clocked at 143 mph, spokesman Howard Miller said.

The suspect was identified as 49-year-old John Bolling, Miller said. Other agencies also were involved in the chase for Bolling, who was taken into custody and charged with DUI and other offenses.

The officer was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released, according to a statement.

The incident began shortly before 2 a.m. near Old Milton Parkway when an officer’s radar clocked a Mercedes-Benz 300 at 100 mph, Miller said.

“The vehicle ... swerved around our officer and slowed to about 65 mph,” Miller said. “We attempted to initiate a traffic stop and as another officer arrived to assist, the Mercedes accelerated to speeds in excess of 143 mph on GA 400.”

The chase went into Sandy Springs and Roswell when Bolling left Ga. 400, according to police.

“The suspect ran multiple red lights and stop signs and, at times, drove on the wrong side of the road,” Miller said.

The pursuit ended when Bolling tried to turn onto Rucker Road, where the pursuing officer hit the Mercedes in the rear.

Bolling was taken to WellStar North Fulton Hospital for evaluation of injuries from the crash, Miller said.

Roswell police and the Georgia State Patrol also were involved in the incident.

Other charges against Bolling include speeding, reckless driving and driving without a license, Miller said.

He also is wanted on an aggravated stalking warrant out of Forsyth County and DUI out of Broward County, Fla.

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