Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

Local news

July 25, 2009

Warrants issued for suspect

CORDELE — Warrants have been requested against a man accused of theft by taking and obstruction of an officer in the performance of his duties after the subject fled from authorities by both car and foot late Thursday night.

Patrolman Chris Forsythe said that in addition to those charges, he has also written citations against Lee Brown for reckless driving, fleeing, attempting to elude police and a stop sign violation.

All of the offenses stem from a traffic stop Forsythe made near 16th Avenue and Sixth Street for a possible window tint violation.

While the officer was obtaining a tint meter from the trunk of his patrol car, he said he heard the driver of the car in question slam the door and speed away.

The officer said he pursued the vehicle at a high rate of speed for about five blocks during which the driver failed to maintain his traffic lane and also ran a stop sign.

After coming to a stop in the Fifth Street-15th Avenue area, the driver jumped from the car and ran from the scene. After inventorying the car, Forsythe said he found a bill containing the name of a woman who when contacted came to police headquarters to file a report.

She said she was at a local service station when Brown snatched the keys from her hands and drove away in her car. She said she tried several times to call police to report her vehicle had been stolen but kept having telephone problems.

As of late Friday, police still had not been able to locate the alleged offender.

In other activity, officers:

— Investigated theft reports filed by local businessman Lance Richards and resident Isiah Marlow.

Richards told Ptl. Clinton Latham that sometime between noon last Saturday and 3 p.m. Thursday someone entered Cordele Glass Inc. property on Seventh Street North and stole a quantity of lawn equipment.

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