Manhunt continues for hit-and-run driver in Forsyth

Deputy injured in search

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CUMMING, Ga. — A Forsyth County Sheriff’s pursuit of a reckless driver ended with a car accident, an injured deputy and still no arrest.

Deputies are still searching for the driver.

On April 24 about 1 a.m., the driver of a white 1997 Chevrolet Camaro, John Quincy Helms, 27, sped past a Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputy on Sewell Road.

Deputy Christian Goldsberry followed him and attempted to pull Helms over, but he sped up.

The driver then lost control, swerved around a curve on Watson Road just east of Sawnee Mountain Park, slid through a barbed wire fence and hit an electrical wire.

Goldsberry watched as the overhead power pole exploded and wires fell on top of the passenger side of the car.

The driver fled into the woods and Goldsberry began to track him on foot.

Goldsberry heard a woman scream from inside the wrecked car and went to her aid.

After ushering the woman to safety, they waited for backup before continuing the search for the suspect.

Deputies searched for the suspect through the pasture and woods in the Aaron Sosebee and Hurt Bridge area of north Forsyth County.

During the manhunt, Cpl. Kevin Mitchell fell into a large hole while tracking with K9 officer Sheba.

Mitchell injured his ankle and was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth where he was treated and released. Mitchell remains on light duty due to the injuries.

The passenger had identified the driver as Helms, who has a Dawson County warrant for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and a suspended Georgia driver’s license. Helms’ whereabouts are unknown.

Helms also faces reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude and too fast for conditions.

Anyone with information can call 911, non-emergency dispatch at 770-781-3087 or CrimeStoppers at 770-888-7308.