Michael Jenkins has been charged with 14 traffic and drug offenses after a police chase in Duluth.
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

WATCH: Gwinnett police chase ends in 14 traffic, drug charges

After a police chase, a foot pursuit and matching a suspect’s keys to his car, a Duluth police officer took a man into custody on 14 traffic and drug charges.

The officer initially stopped Michael Jenkins, 32, for allegedly failing to stop at a stop sign. Jenkins stopped and waited for the officer to get out of his patrol car, a Duluth Police Department Facebook post said. Then, Jenkins hit the gas and fled, the post said.

The officer chased Jenkins’ car for several minutes before stopping the pursuit because of traffic congestion, the post said. The officer had taken down Jenkins’ license plate number by that time. 

Minutes later, the officer saw a man matching Jenkins’ description walking down a side street, drenched in sweat. The man refused to cooperate with multiple officers, but a search yielded a keychain with a set of Honda keys, the post said. The man claimed the keys were not his.

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The officer that conducted the search soon found the Honda that Jenkins drove in the chase. The keys matched, and the sweaty man was identified as Jenkins, the post said.

Jenkins was charged with one count each of reckless driving, failure to obey stop sign, driving too fast for conditions, failure to yield at intersection, central lane violation, driving with a suspended or revoked license, driving on the wrong side of the road, speeding, fleeing a police officer, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession and use of drug-related materials, a violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act and a Class D violation. 

Jenkins was also found to have a warrant for his arrest in Fulton County. He is being held at the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond.

The Duluth Police Department posted video of some of the chase to Facebook:

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