An Atlanta man was taken into custody on Oct. 18 on multiple charges relating to his Sept. 4 attempts to flee law enforcement in Peachtree City and Tyrone before crashing his vehicle in Fairburn.
Darius L. Reid, 29, was charged by Tyrone police with crossing median – divided highway, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, no drivers license, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, fleeing or attempting to elude, convicted felon in possession of a weapon and two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, according to Fayette County Jail records.
Reid was also charged by Peachtree City police with stop sign violation, failure to yield from driveway, driving without a valid license, license plate used to conceal identification, reckless driving and fleeing and attempting to elude, according to Fayette County Jail records.
The Sept. 4 incident began in Peachtree City when a tag reader camera hit on a vehicle with a stolen tag, said Peachtree City Police Department spokesman Chris Hyatt.
Hyatt said the vehicle was located in a parking lot near Commerce Drive. The officer attempted contact, but Reid pulled out and headed north on Ga. Highway 74, with Tyrone officers subsequently locating him.
Tyrone Police Department spokesman Philip Nelson said an officer located Reid near the Jenkins Road intersection and activated his lights. Reid sped up with the officer in pursuit.
Reid continued north, passing vehicles and nearly causing an accident. The officer lost sight of the vehicle in the area of Milam Road, after it had reached speeds of 115 miles per hour, said Nelson.
Nelson said the officer saw a cloud of smoke in the distance and continued on Hwy. 74 to Oakley Industrial Boulevard, where he found that Reid’s vehicle had flipped on its side, having struck three vehicles.
Reid was spotted sitting on the ground along the highway and was taken into custody by Fulton County officers due to an active warrant having been previously issued there for his arrest.
Officers found a handgun on the ground near the vehicle that had been stolen from Washington County and a second handgun in the vehicle, along with two small bags of suspected marijuana, Nelson said, adding that the vehicle’s tag had been stolen from DeKalb County.
Tyrone officers picked up Reid from Fulton County on Oct. 18 and transported him to the Fayette County Jail.