The driver, later identified as Chandler, handed over a driver’s license for a Thomas Hasan Lopez. After running that name through a criminal database, Smith determined the license was suspended, according to spokesman Sgt. Louis Defense.
“As Sgt. Smith attempted to take Mr. Lopez into custody, Mr. Lopez fled on foot,” Defense said in a news release. “However, he was quickly apprehended by other Smyrna police officers who were working with Sgt. Smith conducting traffic enforcement.”
Not long after he was processed into the Smyrna City Jail, police got a phone call from a Hudson County detective informing them of Chandler’s identity and his status as a fugitive.
Chandler, who had recently been staying in Marietta, has also been tied to an attempted homicide in South Carolina, according to authorities.
He is expected to be extradited to New Jersey to face prosecution there, police said. He is being held in the Cobb County Jail.
In other news:
The suspects took off, but two of them have been arrested.