An Atlanta man driving a stolen car from Gwinnett County took a ride to Fayetteville on the morning of April 20. After failing to elude officers, and after a foot chase in a neighborhood off Ga. Highway 314, the man landed in the Fayette County Jail.
Allajuan Rio Buice, 36, was charged with felony theft by receiving stolen property, felony fleeing and eluding, possession of cocaine, obstruction, driving wrong side of road, seven stop sign violations, running red light, speeding, reckless driving and misdemeanor marijuana, according to Fayette County Jail records.
Fayetteville Police Department spokesperson Ann Marie Burdett said an officer on patrol on Ga. Highway 85 North on April 20 at approximately 8:35 a.m. received notification of a stolen vehicle entering the county on Hwy. 85 North.
The officer observed a vehicle with two occupants matching the stolen vehicle’s description traveling southbound at the intersection of Pavilion Parkway, Burdett reported, adding that the vehicle’s license plate tag was confirmed as stolen through the Fayette County Communications Center E-911 dispatcher.
The vehicle turned into the Home Depot parking lot on Pavilion Parkway and parked in a parking space.
“The officer pulled his patrol vehicle behind the vehicle with his emergency lights and sirens activated. The passenger fled the vehicle and headed toward the entrance of the Home Depot, while the driver drove off, heading southbound toward Pavilion Parkway,” said Burdett. “The officer reactivated his emergency lights and sirens, and proceeded after the vehicle.”
Burdett said the officer followed behind the vehicle throughout the Pavilion, with Fayette County deputies assisting.
The vehicle exited the Pavilion, and pulled into the driveway of a residence on Pilgrim Way off Hwy. 314, then drove into the backyard.
“The driver, a black male wearing a red jacket and black pants, exited the vehicle, ran southeast behind the home, and continued running through yards while officers conducted a foot chase behind the subject,” Burdett said. “After a short foot chase, the subject was detained and apprehended by Fayetteville officers and sheriff’s deputies.”
The subject, later identified as Allajuan Rio Buice, was placed under arrest, Burdett noted.
“A search of Buice resulted in the discovery of three small bags of approximately 1.9 grams of suspected cocaine, which was later confirmed as cocaine. Also, a black bag containing approximately 1.6 grams of marijuana was located on his person,” said Burdett.
Burdett said Gwinnett County was contacted, and they advised that the outstanding warrant for the stolen vehicle was valid and they would like Buice detained on the warrant.