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DUI arrest uncovers man wanted by ICE



ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A man Alpharetta police said was wanted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was arrested Aug. 4 after he allegedly led officers on a chase.

Ely Gomes Araujo, 38, of Lexington Farm Drive in Alpharetta, is facing multiple charges, including DUI, resisting arrest, reckless driving first offense, failure to maintain lane and aggravated assault on a peace officer.

Officers were patrolling on Old Milton Parkway around 1 a.m. that night when they saw a 2007 Ford Econoline van drifting between lanes. When they attempted to pull over the driver, later identified as Araujo, the vehicle sped off.

During the chase, the car made two left turns through red lights before leading police to The Lex Apartments. Araujo opened the gate with a resident keycard, hit a police car on the other side and continued driving toward the back of the complex.

Araujo’s van was eventually stopped when another police car struck the rear side, causing him to slow down. Police said he then jumped out of the van to run to one of the apartments, nearly colliding with a police car.

Araujo attempted to pull away from officers when he was apprehended, according to police. He was transported to Fulton County Jail on a total of 10 charges.

After the arrest, officers received a notice that Araujo had an active warrant from ICE.

“It’s my understanding that he was wanted for failing to deport,” Public Information Officer George Gordon said.

– Julia Grochowski

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