Car involved in Peachtree City hit-and-run later found crashed into tree in Fayetteville


A car involved in two separate incidents on opposite sides of Fayette County within an hour or so was located by police, who are continuing to investigate what might have caused them to happen.

According to reports, a hit and run was reported the evening of June 12 at the Palmers restaurant on Peachtree Parkway. Several witnesses remained at the scene and described the offender’s vehicle for Peachtree City police.

While there, officers were notified that the vehicle in question was possibly involved in a collision with a tree in Fayetteville. When they arrived at the latter scene, it was confirmed to be the same vehicle.

James T. Smith, 37, was listed on the police report in connection with the vehicle but was not on the county jail log as of June 14. The investigation into both incidents and the possibility of a DUI is ongoing, according to the report.

Elsewhere in the county, Peachtree City officers were dispatched on the evening of June 12 to The Avenue regarding some suspicious activity. A vehicle was pulled over due to numerous traffic violations, and further investigation revealed that a shoplifting had occurred.

There were two juveniles and one adult in the vehicle, according to a report. The adult was found in unlawful possession of a Schedule II drug.

Otaisha Jackson, 34, of Atlanta was taken to Fayette County Jail and faces a felony drug count and a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor as well misdemeanor theft by shoplifting and five traffic violations. The two juveniles were charged with shoplifting on juvenile complaints and released to a family member.

Fayetteville police received an alert June 8 shortly before midnight about a possible stolen car entering the city. The vehicle in question was identified and the ensuing traffic stop confirmed that it was stolen out of Gwinnett County.

The suspect gave police a false name and date of birth during the stop, and a probable cause search turned up a small amount of marijuana.

Sulayman Sanyang, 29, of Atlanta was arrested on a felony charge of theft by receiving stolen property as well as giving a false name to an officer and marijuana possession.