you can’t make this up
A fleeing DUI suspect led police on Saturday to his Gwinnett County marijuana grow house, authorities said.
Thanks to the man’s apparently drunken flight, police were able to arrest two people while confiscating pot worth more than $327,000, police said Monday.
The fleeing suspect, 23-year-old Charles Byrd of Sugar Hill, was charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana with the intent to sell, among other things.
Timothy Donahue, 25, was found hiding at the house, and also received a drug-selling charge.
Around 10:17 p.m., a DUI task force officer tried to stop a green Chrysler Sebring after seeing the car break several traffic laws, police said.
Rather than pull over for the officer, however, the driver — Byrd — leaped from the car and ran to a nearby home in the 5000 block of Cumming Highway in an unincorporated area of Gwinnett near Buford, Gwinnett police spokesman Brian Kelly said.
When Byrd ran into the house and locked the door, more police were called to the scene.
After surrounding the home, police approached, and Byrd soon emerged from inside.
Out from behind the man crept a strong smell of pot, police noticed. So he was arrested.
While dealing with Byrd, officers found Donahue hidden inside the house, Kelly said.
After obtaining a search warrant, police found and seized 69 marijuana plants in varying stages of maturity, 1,490 grams of processed pot, and marijuana-cultivating equipment.
In addition to drug charges, Byrd was charged with driving with an expired tag and no headlights after dark, making an improper turn, and not having his license with him while driving.
Donahue also has an outstanding warrant with the Alpharetta police.
Both men are being held in the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond.
Police continue to investigate.
6:21 p.m. Monday, April 26, 2010
By Marcus K. Garner
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution