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Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:29 pm | Updated: 7:25 pm, Wed Jan 11, 2017.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, a high-speed chase on I-75 early Wednesday morning resulted in multiple charges for a man from Knoxville, Tenn.

A deputy with the Gordon County Sheriff's Office attempted to make a traffic stop on a suspicious 2006 Dodge Charger sometime after 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11 around Exit 312 on I-75 Northbound. The car stopped and as the deputy approached, the car sped off. A high-speed chase then ensued.

The Dodge got off the interstate at Exit 318 and immediately continued back onto the interstate. They again exited the interstate at Exit 320 where the driver attempted to make a right turn but instead hit the median and then hit a tractor trailer.

The driver and owner of the Dodge, Christopher Hounschell, 28, from Knoxville, Tenn., along with his passenger, Whitney Buckles, 24, of Knoxville, Tenn., were both transported to Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton. Hounschell was released to authorities with minor injuries later that morning; Buckles suffered unknown but serious injury.

The driver of the tractor trailer was believed to be unharmed. The Dodge suffered extensive damage.

Georgia State Patrol handled the accident investigation and will charge Houschell with driving while unlicensed, reckless driving, driving on wrong side of road, failure to yield at stop sign and serious injury by vehicle. Charges that may be filed by Gordon County Sheriff's Office were unknown at press time.

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