2 men try to escape, 1 at Atlanta Airport Customs, 1 at 105 mph from Line Creek Nature Area


He was so close.

An Atlanta man was steps away from being out of police jurisdiction — as in out of the country — when he was apprehended April 28 by Fayette County Sheriff’s Office deputies on outstanding warrants.

DeAngelo Gibson, 32, was picked up at customs at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, according to the Fayette County Jail log.

An FCSO spokesman confirmed that the suspect was attempting to leave the country on a trip. He had warrants for his arrests from a case in January involving credit card and identity fraud.

Gibson faces five felony counts of financial identity fraud, according to the jail log.

In an unrelated case involving a more conventional police pursuit, a Fayetteville man was apprehended after pushing the needle on his car all the way to the right.

A Peachtree City police officer was on Hwy. 54 near Stevens Entry in the wee hours of April 29 when he saw a vehicle driving westbound on the highway. Upon pulling up behind the vehicle, the officer “could smell the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle,” the report stated.

They continued west and eventually pulled over at the entrance to Line Creek Nature Area. As the officer walked up to the car, he continued to smell raw marijuana odors.

The driver then sped away and led officers on a pursuit that reached more than 105 miles per hour, according to the report. Ultimately he wrecked his vehicle and was taken into custody. A search of the car uncovered small packages of marijuana, police said.

Andrew Burden, 21, of Fayetteville was charged with possession of a firearm/knife during commission of a crime, fleeing/eluding law enforcement, drug possession/sale/manufacture, speeding, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, headlight, and marijuana possession.