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Police shoot at Watkinsville man who threatened officers with car at traffic safety checkpoint

Lars Anton Rudow (Rabun County Sheriff’s Office)

By Joe Johnson

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into an officer-involved shooting that happened at a weekend traffic safety checkpoint in Clayton. No one was injured in the shooting.

The Clayton Police Department requested the GBI conduct an independent investigation into the matter.

The preliminary information indicates that on Aug. 5 Clayton Police Department officers and Rabun County deputies were conducting the checkpoint in the area of Hwy. 76 West and Meadow Stream Lane..

At about 11:15 p.m., a man, later identified as Lars Anton Rudow, 51, of Watkinsville stopped his car on the road before reaching the checkpoint..

"As a Clayton police officer approached the car, Rudow accelerated toward the officer, grazing the officer in the lower leg,” GBI spokesperson Lydia Bullard said. “Rudow then drove quickly toward the other officers and deputies at the checkpoint.”

A Clayton police officer shot once at the car, Bullard said, and officers and deputies chased the man for less than a mile before he crashed off the road.

Rudow was arrested and charged with DUI refusal and five counts of aggravated assault on a police officer. He was taken to the Rabun County Detention Center.

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Have somebody smuggle you some salt 'n pepper Lars. I understand the food is pretty bland at the Rabun County Detention Center. You deserve to be there for a long time.

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