Man arrested for leading police chase

Thu, 05/07/2009 - 3:28pm
By: John Munford

Pursuit ran from Senoia to Fayetteville; charges filed

A Jefferson man was arrested Saturday night after he led Senoia police officers on a chase into Fayetteville, police said.

Richard Alan Stockton, 26, was initially pulled over on on Ga. Highway 85 near the Stonebridge subdivision after he was seen weaving on the road, said Senoia Police Chief Jason Edens. When Stockton stopped, the officer exited his patrol car, and that’s when Stockton sped away, Edens said.

Two Senoia officers, Lt. Jason Ercole and Officer Paul Culp, chased Stockton and were joined by deputies in Fayette County as the pursuit headed toward Fayetteville, Edens said. A Fayetteville officer was able to disable Stockton’s vehicle by using “stop sticks” that puncture vehicle tires, and the chase ended on Jimmie Mayfield Boulevard near the Woodgate subdivision in Fayetteville.

Stockton got out of his car and was combative with officers even after he received a direct shock from an officer’s taser weapon, but he was eventually subdued and placed under arrest, police said.

Senoia has filed a host of charges against Stockton including DUI (drugs), reckless driving, obstruction of a police officer, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, driving with a suspended license and speeding, along with several minor traffic offenses, Edens said.

Edens said he was very grateful for the assistance of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the Fayetteville Police Department for their help in apprehending Stockton.

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Submitted by deadeye on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 5:04pm.

They should have hit the taser again, then if he remained combative use the baton! A good swift shot to the crotch area would have rendered him "less combative"!

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 6:31pm.

I will never forget an incident I observed in July 1977 after my arrival in this area. My Wife and I were traveling around the area in search of a place to live temporarily. We were in Jonesboro, stopped at a red light and all of a sudden, right in front of us at a gas station, we saw a situation evolving. A Police Officer was attempting to handcuff a tall scruffy looking individual who was resisting. All of a sudden, the officer, who had the handcuffs in one hand and the mope in the other hand swung the handcuffs and hit the mope upside the head. After two contacts, the handcuffing happened without further resistance. Welcome to the area!

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