Castleberry

CASTLEBERRY

CUMMING, Ga. — Forsyth County authorities have arrested a Cumming man suspected in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian on Dahlonega Highway May 26.

David Emory Castleberry, 36, was arrested May 31 at a home in Cleveland, Ga., after a five-day investigation by law enforcement agencies in Forsyth, Dawson and White counties. He is accused of fleeing the scene on foot after striking 27-year-old Jose Ramirez Labra, of Cumming, and leaving him to die along the highway.

Castleberry is alleged to have abandoned the green and black Kawasaki motorcycle he was driving along the roadside after striking the pedestrian around 3:48 a.m.

Deputies quickly began to search for the owner of the vehicle. After viewing surveillance footage and interviewing residents, authorities interviewed the original owner of the vehicle in Buford who told them he sold the bike several months ago.

“Even though this motorcycle had been sold, we traveled to the last registered owner in Paulding County and he provided valuable information,” said Cpl. Doug Rainwater of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. “Even with a paper tag, it’s relatively easy to track down vehicles through other numbers on a vehicle such as the VIN.”

The Sheriff’s Office quickly obtained several warrants for Castleberry’s arrest and asked for the assistance of the U.S. Marshall’s Service during the investigation to locate the suspect. While checking locations in Dawson County and White County, Castleberry was seen fleeing authorities before being detained by a K-9. He was transported to the Forsyth County Jail and charged with homicide by vehicle second felony, hit and run felony, habitual violator felony, removing or affixing a license plate to misrepresent misdemeanor and no insurance misdemeanor.

— Adam Darby

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