A Cleveland man was arrested Wednesday evening after allegedly leading Hall County authorities on a short vehicle chase in the Lula area.

According to a press release from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was patrolling the parking lot of a convenience store at the intersection of Cornelia Highway and Lula Road when he noticed a vehicle parked at the side of the business. The deputy checked the vehicle’s tag and found that it was suspended. The vehicle also did not have valid insurance. 

Tyler Benton House

The deputy followed the vehicle as it left the parking lot and stopped the driver in the parking lot of the Dollar General across the highway. 

The driver, 37-year-old Tyler Benton House of Cleveland, showed the deputy a Georgia driver’s license with someone else’s photo. The deputy ordered House to exit the vehicle, but House instead drove through some hedges on the property, across the grass on the side of the highway, and then onto Cornelia Highway southbound.

The deputy pursued House until the suspect made a U-turn to travel northbound on the highway. The deputy performed a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle. House allegedly attempted to run from the scene but was caught by the deputy and arrested.

Authorities later learned that the vehicle House was driving had been stolen out of White County. House was also found in possession of a handgun, three grams of methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.

House faces a list of charges, including the following felonies:

  • Theft by receiving stolen property
  • Forgery in the first degree
  • Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Possession of methamphetamine

He was also charged with 13 other misdemeanor offenses. Additional charges are possible in the case.