Man killed by officer had prior DUI arrests

The Cobb County man killed by police after his erratic drive near Perimeter Mall was due in court next week on charges related to a drunk driving arrest in June.

Bradley Dean Almy, 34, of Marietta, died Wednesday night after being transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, according to Dunwoody police. After allegedly plowing into several cars at a gas station and on Ashford Dunwoody Road, Almy attempted to strike an officer, Officer Tim Fecht said.

Sgt. Jason Dove fired one shot at Almy, whose car finally came to a stop on Perimeter Center East, police said.

On Thursday, investigators were trying to determine what may have prompted Almy’s behavior behind the wheel. Although investigators declined to say whether alcohol was involved Wednesday night, Almy’s criminal record includes two arrests on DUI charges.

In the most recent arrest, Almy was stopped by Cobb County police on June 14 around 12:35 a.m. after he was spotted weaving on I-75 and Delk Road, according to an arrest record obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Almy initially failed to stop for officers in that incident and reached a speed of 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, according to police. When he was stopped, officers found an open liquor bottle in the car and suspected Almy of being under the influence of alcohol, the warrant states.

The arresting officer “observed slurred speech, bloodshot and glassy eyes, a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person and breath, accused admitted to drinking ‘a lot,’ and he was very unsteady on his feet,” the warrant states.

Almy was charged with DUI, open container, speeding, improper lane change, attempting to elude, improper use of a signal and not having a driver’s license on his person, all misdemeanors, according to arrest records. He was booked into the Cobb jail and released June 17 after posting $10,000 bond.

Almy was scheduled to appear Dec. 6 in Cobb County State Court to answer to the charges, a spokeswoman for the court clerk’s office told The AJC.

In August 2007, Almy was arrested shortly after midnight by Cobb police on Ga. 120 at Sewell Mill Road, according to a booking report from the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with DUI, no proof of insurance and suspended registration, all misdemeanors. He was released later the same day, Aug. 23, after posting $1,600 bond.

Almy was sentenced to spend a night in jail in December 2007 following his court appearance.

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