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Suspect hits man with machete at metro Waffle House, steals motorcycle, deputies say

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A police chase through Dawson and Hall counties earlier this week started with an assault at a Waffle House and ended with a crash at a church.

Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson says that Zackery Miller, 22, hit a man in the head with a machete in the parking lot of a Waffle House on Center Lane in Dawsonville at 10 p.m. on Monday night. The man who was assaulted was not injured.

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Johnson says that after assaulting the man, Miller stole a motorcycle and led deputies who spotted him on a high-speed chase.

The chase ended on Price Road in Hall County when Miller crashed the motorcycle near a church.

When deputies searched Miller after the crash, they found crushed pills they believe to alprazolam and three baggies of methamphetamine that also contained what they suspect was fentanyl.

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Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash.

Miller was taken to the Dawson County Jail and charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, fleeing and eluding a police officer and DUI of drugs.

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