Howboutit Hbi
Photo: Forsyth County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

Man wanted in multiple states arrested on charges of fleeing Forsyth deputy

When an officer of the law pulls behind you on a busy highway, how about stopping?

A 45-year-old Lawrenceville man is now facing multiple charges after he allegedly did not stop for a Forsyth County deputy Dec. 6. The man, Howboutit Hbi, led the deputy on a high-speed chase into Fulton County, according to the sheriff’s office. 

The deputy initially tried to pull over Hbi’s vehicle after seeing it cross the center line on Atlanta Highway, sheriff’s spokeswoman Stacie Miller said. After running Hbi’s plates, the deputy learned that the man was wanted in multiple jurisdictions out of several states.

He activated his blue lights, but Hbi “continued driving without showing any indication he was trying to pull over or yield to the emergency vehicle,” Miller said. 

The chase continued onto Ga. 400 and into Fulton County, where the deputy decided to stop pursuing Hbi near Mansell Road. 

“It got too dangerous for the deputy to keep following him because he kept increasing his speed,” Miller told AJC.com.

Hbi was later arrested and is being held in the Forsyth County jail, Miller said. He was last arrested in Gwinnett County in July under an alias, Paul Martin Thornton. 

In Forsyth, Hbi is facing charges of fleeing and attempting to elude, a felony, and misdemeanor speeding and failure to maintain lane. 

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