Officials speak out about police chases

Officials speak out about police chases
D. A. Greg Edwards
D. A. Greg Edwards
ADDU's Maj. Bill Berry
ADDU's Maj. Bill Berry

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The District Attorney continues his fight to stop suspects from starting dangerous chases.

An East Albany traffic violation Thursday led to a short police chase. Drug agents ended up catching the driver and found a small amount of marijuana in the car.

Albany Dougherty Drug Agents started to pull over a car for running a red light on Radium Springs Road. The driver refused to stop, speeding up, going around the corner on the wrong side of the road. The kind of action that law enforcers dread.

"It puts the officer at danger, puts the person that we are chasing at danger. But most important it puts the public in danger," said ADDU Commander Major Bill Berry.

Then they pull over and the driver and the passenger take off. Drug agents tazed and caught the driver after chasing him across the sand dunes, but the passenger got away.

Agents found two ounces of marijuana bagged for sale in the car. The District Attorney says the suspect will face much harsher charges because of that chase.

"For a matter that otherwise would be non-violent, the choice to make this chase makes it violent. And we must react with every bit of legal enforcement we can to make these persons not make that choice," said Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards.

A search of the car led drug agents to an East Albany motel room, and more charges.

"We went in there and recovered a weapon and more marijuana and some I.D.s," Berry said

24 year old Tyrone Mays, Junior is being held in the Dougherty County Jail on possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and attempting to elude police.

"This office's policy will be to prosecute these individuals to the fullest extent," Edwards said

Now drug agents are looking for this man, the passenger who got away, as they investigate the gun and other people named in evidence they recovered.

If you recognize that man from the police dash cam video, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS, and let drug agents know where to find him and you could earn a reward up to one thousand dollars.

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