Firefighters free the man from the overturned car at the end of a high-speed chase Friday.

A Norcross man led McDuffie County deputies on a high speed chase Friday morning after someone fired shots at a Tanyard Creek home.

The home was struck by gunfire, but nobody in the home was injured.

Manuel Jesus Castillo, 28, of Conyers, was apprehended after wrecking the car he was driving while fleeing from deputies.

Castillo is facing multiple felony and traffic charges, according to McDuffie County Chief Deputy Maj. Ronnie Williamson.

McDuffie County 911 received a call, at 7:37 a.m., about shots being fired into a Tanyard Creek home. The 911 center issued a lookout for a male, who was driving a silver Nissan passenger car with an out-of-state license plate. Castillo was driving a 2020 Nissan Altima, owned by Hertz Vehicles LLC. It had a Tennessee license plate.

Minutes later deputies saw the car on Mesena Road and attempted to stop it, however Castillo fled. The pursuit went through Thomson and headed towards Dearing on Augusta Highway.

According to the Georgia State Patrol accident report,  Castillo was driving at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the car on Augusta Highway. The car traveled off the north side of the road, struck a mailbox, then hit a culvert before overturning. It came to rest on its roof, with Castillo inside, near Augusta Highway’s intersection with Hobbs Mill Road..

The accident report further states that Castillo told the investigating trooper that he drank three or four shots of tequila, drank three or four beers, and also had smoked marijuana. A small bag of methamphetamine and a pipe were also found inside the wrecked Nissan.

One spent shell casing, several unspent rounds of 9 mm, and several pocket knives were recovered at the scene of the accident, according to Williamson.

The chief deputy said after a wide search of the route traveled investigators were unable to locate a firearm.  

After the Thomson-McDuffie Fire Department removed Castillo from the overturned car he was taken by EMS to an Augusta-area hospital for treatment. At the time, his injuries were described by Williamson as not being life threatening.

The Georgia State Patrol charged Castillo with driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane. Additional charges may be brought by the sheriff’s office.

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