Luis Melendez is wanted out of Newport, Virginia, on felony weapons and drug charges, Clayton County sheriff’s officials said in a news release. Deputies believe he drove a stolen car to Union City and was spotted by the Lovejoy Police Department on Thursday.
A chase ensued down Tara Boulevard until Melendez allegedly approached the intersection of Tara and Daly Memorial boulevards and swerved into the turn lane. Officials said he intentionally struck a marked Clayton County sheriff’s patrol car, putting it out of service. Melendez then ran away from the crash, leaving narcotics in the car, the release states.