Police (Off)Beat | Bicycle cop laughs last
- A motorist at Hartsfield-Jackson laughed at the bicycle cop who told him to “keep moving” outside the North Terminal. The driver cackled “What are you going to do? Chase me down on your bike?” before fleeing. Bikes may be slow, but nothing outruns police radio. Minutes later, he was in custody.
You can't outrun the long leg of the law.
- A man who led police on a chase down I-75 at speeds of up to 110 mph ditched his ride, a Dodge Avenger, behind a liquor store near Turner Field. Police combing the area were approached by a woman who pointed out a man who’d just bragged to her about outrunning police. The man told officers he’d spent the day “drinking on the corner with his buddies” but in his pocket was a key that started the Dodge. The man’s license had been suspended for failure to pay child support.
- Collecting can be a cool hobby, unless it’s wives. A man with at least one too many married ladies in his life is now sought by Cobb police.
- A 50-year-old Newnan man is in the DeKalb jail for aiming a pistol at his wife and her “male friend” while chasing them down Candler Road in his vehicle.
- A DeKalb County man who’d argued with his wife was jailed after stabbing the walls and doors of his family’s apartment with a knife and soaking his children in lighter fluid.
- A man caught pleasuring himself in his car at the Cobb library on Roswell Street told police he does so regularly.
- A 55-year-old Decatur man who lives with his mother and has 28 arrests on his record admitted to having a drug problem after stealing a girl’s bike.
- A man stealing copper pipes from Atlanta homes told police handcuffing him that he’d left his 3-year-old daughter in an abandoned house while working.
- The light was green, but a sleeping motorist stopped at a red light on Cheshire Bridge Road did not budge until his passenger woke him up, Atlanta police said. When pulled over, the man fell asleep during questioning.
- A man listing a top-of-the-line laptop for sale on Craigslist sold it to a Cobb cop for $1,300, about half its retail value. The man said he bought it in the parking lot of a Best Buy for $500.
- A Smyrna man was told by his bank that $42,000 had accidentally been transferred into his account. He drove to another branch, withdrew the cash and has not been seen since.
- A Cobb car dealership let a man buy a $35,000 SUV with a check written on a closed account. At 13 mpg he won’t get far.
- A police officer who’d pulled over a motorist on I-75 found at least $1,800 in counterfeit cash lying alongside the roadway.
- Atlanta police pulled over the owner of a local sandwich shop on I-85 and spotted a bag full of syringes. The man, who had visible track marks on his arms, admitted to “cooking pain pills” and injecting them. He said he gets the pills from “overseas.”
- A 26-year-old man arrested at a DeKalb Walmart for selling weed got into even more trouble when jail workers found an ounce of cocaine in his underwear.
– Compiled from Atlanta-area police reports and warrants.