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March 20, 2014

Police: Suspect at traffic stop tried to run

A Tunnel Hill man with a criminal record was back in jail after authorities say he tried to run from a Georgia State Patrol officer during a traffic stop.

According to a statement from the state patrol, Daniel Shane Widener, 32, of 154 Logan Way, was in a vehicle that was pulled over on Ga. Highway 3 in Tunnel Hill on Monday around 11 p.m. The trooper had run the vehicle tag through the Georgia Crime Information Center and discovered the vehicle did not have valid insurance, officials said. During the stop, Widener got out of the vehicle and ran, officials said.

“The trooper pursued him through a barbed wire fence and, after catching up with him, Widener resisted arrest,” according to the state patrol. “During this incident, the trooper received several lacerations.”

Widener was charged with two counts of obstruction of an officer resulting in injury, felony interference with government property, possession and use of drug-related objects, and willful obstruction of law officers. He remained in the Whitfield County jail on Thursday with a $7,000 bond.

Records from the Georgia Department of Corrections show Widener has been in prison before. He was sentenced for obstructing a law enforcement officer and violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act in Whitfield County and was incarcerated in May 2005 and released in August 2006.

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