Two brothers are charged with numerous crimes. What started out as a traffic stop led to a short chase by car, then by foot. But both men were arrested and the commotion drew a lot of attention in a North Albany neighborhood.
This was the scene this afternoon in what's normally a quiet neighborhood in North Albany. Police cars line 11th Avenue, after Bennie and Nickalus Mainor were taken into custody.
"We had sort of a round the block type chase over here in this area. As the vehicle behind me attempted to come off of 11th Avenue onto N. Van Buren Street it lost control and spun around and went up on the curb and got stuck," said Berry.
Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Commander Bill Berry says it began when officers checked the tag on a suspicious car and found the registration and license were suspended and there was no insurance. When officers tried to pull it over, 34 year-old Bennie Mainor took off.
"The cars were traveling well over the speed limit. But nobody was out fortunately. School hadn't let out. So they were able to maintain it right in this little neighborhood here," said Berry.
A police car was also hit in the process, causing minor damage.
And several witnesses watched it all unfold. "It was just random, we were riding down the road and just so happen to look and police were chasing after a car," said Chelsea Marlin, a witness.
Both Bennie and Nickalus Mainor took off running after they crashed, but they didn't get far.
Bennie, who was driving, was tased. And 32 year-old Nickalus was caught after a short foot pursuit.
"The passenger was caught just behind this house, had a quantity of methamphetamine, looks like crystal meth, ice and marijuana and we also have found some pills in the vehicle," said Berry.
Officers also found nearly $1,000 in cash, scales and bags. And both are facing numerous charges and more are pending.
Bennie Mainor fell and hit his head after he was tased. He was taken to the hospital before being booked into jail. Bill Berry says they found 6 pill bottles in his name, they are working to find out if those prescriptions are valid.
Bennie Mainor was charged with not having a license, suspended registration, fleeing and attempting to elude, obstruction felony, and reckless driving.
Nickalus Mainor was charged with felony obstruction, possession with marijuana with intent to distribute (over an ounce), possession of marijuana within 1000 feet of a park or school, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute (just under an ounce), possession of methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a park or school, tampering with evidence (trying to drop drugs), warrant out for probation violation (outstanding warrant), and failure to appear in court. Officers also found $998 in cash, scales and bags.