Misael Alvear Villanueva
Photo: Clayton County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Clayton County Sheriff's Office

Cops: Man tried to run over Clayton County deputy, fled scene at more than 100 mph

Exactly three months after being accused of trying to run over a Clayton County deputy, a man is no longer on the run.

Misael Albear Villanueva was arrested in Riverdale on Thursday morning in connection with the Dec. 19 incident, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

It took place while the deputy was trying to enforce a roadblock, the release said. The specific road where the incident took place was not provided.

Villanueva was asked to pull up to a secondary checkpoint after a deputy said he smelled marijuana emitting from inside his pickup truck, the release said.

The suspect pulled a few feet forward before quickly accelerating toward a deputy, who was forced to jump out of the way to avoid being struck, the release said. The driver left the scene at more than 100 mph while “weaving in and out of traffic with no regard to the safety of the public.”

Villanueva was named the No. 2 wanted fugitive in the county in February.

He faces counts of aggravated assault against a peace officer, fleeing police, obstruction, use of threats or violence and reckless driving, the sheriff’s office said.

He was booked into the Clayton County Jail. 

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