A motorist who led Fayette County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a wild chase extending into Clayton County is in custody.
According to reports, a deputy traveling north on Hwy. 279 on the afternoon of Feb. 3 saw a motorist coming the other direction make an illegal left turn onto Helmer Road with another car in front of him waiting to turn left. That began a pursuit that saw the suspect pass multiple cars illegally on a solid yellow line, one of which he side-swiped.
When the pursuit reached the intersection of Helmer/Thomas Road and Hwy. 85, the suspect made a left turn at a red light without stopping, struck another motorist and then hit a patrol car.
The entire incident was captured on the deputy’s dash cam, and the video has been posted on the FCSO’s Facebook page. When the investigation was completed, law enforcement officers found drugs and a weapon in the suspect’s vehicle.
Courtland Reed, 33, of Riverdale was charged with three felonies — possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, possession of a firearm/knife in commission of a crime, and fleeing/eluding law enforcement. Other charges include obstruction of an officer, reckless driving and marijuana possession.
Elsewhere in Fayette County, a call was answered Feb. 3 before 5 a.m. at St. Mary’s Academy on Hwy. 279 in reference to a welfare check. It had been reported that a man who said he was hearing voices was wandering on the school property.
He was located at the edge of the property and was found to be armed and in possession of drugs. He also had an active warrant out of Fulton County for failure to appear in a kidnapping case.
Brian West, 38, of College Park was arrested and charged with reckless conduct, possession of a weapon on school property, convicted felon possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and marijuana possession.