Jesus Montgomery
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Man flees Duluth police but leaves cellphone behind

Duluth police are searching for a man they say led officers on a high-speed chase on Buford Highway before getting out of his car and leaving his cellphone and personal effects behind.

An officer pulled over Jesus Montgomery in his blue Dodge Charger just before 3 p.m. Saturday for not using a turn signal, authorities said.

But before the officer reached the driver’s window, Montgomery took off, running red lights and reaching speeds of up to 85 mph, Channel 2 Action News reported. 

He eventually ran out of road on a dead-end street and abandoned his vehicle, escaping police by hopping several fences, according to a Duluth police report obtained by

Officers deployed a drone and their K-9 unit but could not locate Montgomery, the report said. Inside the Charger, police found marijuana, a scale and the man’s unlocked cellphone, authorities said.

Not long after escaping, Montgomery let his Instagram followers know he got a new cellphone, writing “New phone, same number. Hit me up” in a post, according to the news station.

Montgomery is wanted on charges of obstruction, reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude, misdemeanor marijuana possession and failure to signal, records show. 

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