Kevin Dawkins (Credit: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office)

Police seek man who fled hospital in handcuffs after arrest on drug charges

A 27-year-old Gwinnett County man is wanted by police on drug charges after he fled from a local hospital on Sunday.

Kevin Dawkins of Snellville was arrested about 7 p.m. near Burdette Place after officers responded to a suspicious person call, Gwinnett police spokeswoman Michele Pihera said.

She said officers used a Taser on Dawkins when they said he “became non-compliant.” 

Afterward, Dawkins was going in and out of consciousness so an ambulance transported him to Eastside Medical Center, Pihera said.

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Less than two hours later, Dawkins had fled the hospital while wearing handcuffs, Pihera said.

“Though Kevin is not considered a danger to the community, it is our responsibility to bring him back into custody,” Pihera said. 

Pihera said he faces charges of possession of cocaine, obstruction and escape when he is captured.  

If anyone knows where Dawkins can be found, please contact 911 (GCPD 911-Center: 770 513-5700). To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.

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Missy Owen founded the Davis Direction Foundation after losing her son to opioid overdose. Her foundation opened The Zone in 2016 as “a safe place for all people to seek, maintain, support and enjoy long-term recovery free from substance use disorder.”

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