Arrest made in incident in which Hall deputies tried twice to stop motorist

A motorist who eluded two Hall County sheriff’s deputies in separate incidents on the same night earlier this month is now in the Hall County Jail.

“Our Warrant Service Unit transported Victor Ignacio Barragan, 34, of Demorest, from the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office to our jail on Friday morning, Dec. 15,” Hall sheriff’s spokesman Derreck Booth said Monday morning. “The charges are outstanding warrants taken on Dec. 5, (the day after the incidents occurred.)

Barragan is charged with Failure to Maintain Lane (2 counts); Headlight violation; and Fleeing and Attempting to Elude (two counts.).

The first incident on Dec. 4 was an attempted traffic stop for a headlight violation. “The deputy turned on blue lights and sirens, but the driver refused to pull over,” Booth said. “The “deputy followed the driver along Jesse Jewell Parkway (at speeds of 34-40) for a time but went back into service after about three minutes. It’s our understanding that Baldwin Police later arrested the driver…”

About 20 minutes after the first incident, “a second deputy encountered Barragan’s vehicle (and) tried to stop him for failure to maintain lane on Cornelia Highway at Mud Creek Road,” Booth added.  “Barragan refused to pull over. The deputy followed him into Habersham County briefly then went back into service.”