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Oxford man arrested after I-20 pursuit

CONYERS -- A man accused of striking two Rockdale County Sheriff's Office vehicles during a pursuit on Interstate 20 faces multiple charges related to the incident.

Christopher Benson High, 22, of 320 County Road 321, Oxford, was reportedly driving a red Honda Civic on Ga. Highway 138 shortly before 4 a.m. on Dec. 31 when a deputy checked the car tag number and discovered it had been stolen from DeKalb County. The deputy radioed for assistance and followed the suspect's vehicle onto Interstate 20 westbound. As the suspect's vehicle passed the Sigman Road interchange, three other deputies joined in to assist.

Deputies attempted to box in the Honda and make a traffic stop, but High allegedly accelerated and began to merge from one lane to another. As it moved from lane to lane, High's vehicle reportedly struck one patrol vehicle in the driver's side and another on the push bumper on the driver's side.

A third deputy struck the suspect's vehicle in the driver's side rear, causing the Honda to spin out. High was able to recover, according to the incident report, and attempted to exit the interstate at Turner Hill Road. A deputy blocked his exit, and High allegedly rammed the rear of the deputy's vehicle. High's vehicle veered to the left and was struck in the driver's side by another deputy, which caused High to spin out and hit an interstate barrier.

High reportedly told deputies that he had borrowed the car and had been told it was "not hot," even though the steering column had been damaged and there were no keys in the ignition. A screwdriver was lying on the driver's seat.

High was charged with theft by receiving stolen property -- felony, two counts of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, driving without a valid license, fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, failure to signal, improper passing, reckless driving, and three counts of duty to stop at an accident -- hit and run.

A passenger in High's car, Courtney Joyce Watson, 28, of 846 Tanner Drive, Scottsdale, was also charged in the incident. She faces a charge of theft by receiving stolen property, a felony.