An early morning encounter at a road safety checkpoint nearly ended with a suspect hitting a Clayton County officer with his car.
Almost three months later, the man was arrested in Kansas City on outstanding warrants stemming from this incident.
The run-in began about 3:30 a.m. Nov. 23, according to a Clayton County police incident report obtained by AJC.com. An officer was conducting a planned road safety check near the intersection of West Fayetteville and Yellow River roads, which is just outside of the College Park city limits.
Terrance James Evans, 35, drove a 1998 Lexus GS300 to the checkpoint, where the officer asked for his driver’s license, the report said. However, Evans took awhile to find it.
Despite the officer seeing it inside Evans’ wallet, he continued to search other places in the vehicle for it, the report said. The officer even told him it was in his wallet, which he allegedly ignored while continuing to search.
Evans eventually handed the officer his ID, and the officer told him to pull off to the right side of the road. Instead of doing that, Evans gunned his vehicle and fled the scene, nearly hitting the officer in the process, the report said.
Officers tried to follow his vehicle and eventually found the Lexus abandoned inside The Parc at 1875 apartment complex off East Pleasant Hill Road, the report said. The complex’s front gate had been damaged.
Evans’ wallet and ID were still in the car, and both were taken into evidence. Officers also learned that his license had been suspended more than seven times in the past five years, the report said.
It was first suspended after a DUI charge in 2009, and he had several additional suspensions for failed child support obligations, the report said.
Police obtained warrants for his arrest, which included counts of aggravated assault against an officer, second-degree criminal damage to property, hit-and-run, striking a fixed object and driving on a suspended license.
On Wednesday afternoon, Evans was arrested by Kansas City police after a traffic stop, according to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.
This isn’t his first time behind bars.
He has served two stints in Georgia prisons since 2005, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records. For convictions in Fulton and Spalding counties, he spent almost four years in prison.
Those convictions were for aggravated assault, theft by receiving, obstruction, DUI, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and firearm-related charges, GDC records show.
He is awaiting extradition to Georgia.
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