ALBANY — A traffic stop for a bad headlight led to a crash and an arrest on drug charges by the Dougherty County Police Department.
Gregory Mims, 51, a passenger in a 1994 Mercury Grand Marquis, was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, said police Capt. Jim Sexton.
With bail set at $25,000, Mims remains in Dougherty County Jail, a jail spokeswoman said.
R.D. Harter, spokesman for the Dougherty County School System, said Mims had worked as a substitute teacher before his arrest. Mims was not a regular teacher and had last worked Nov. 6. Harter added.
Fearing arrest, the Grand Marquis driver took off with a large, black garbage bag filled with what could have been more marijuana, said county police Capt. Jim Sexton.
“The officer saw that the Grand Marquis had no headlight on the 900 block of Oakridge Drive,” Sexton said. “She followed and turned on her lights to make a traffic stop. The Grand Marquis kept going until it turned into an apartment complex and hit a tree on the 300 block of Friendship Drive.”
Sexton said the Grand Marquis’ driver ran away through a drainage ditch with the black garbage bag, while Mims got out of the car. Mims was quickly cuffed and arrested.
“A search of the vehicle showed what appeared to be marijuana in plastic bags,” Sexton said, “ready for distribution.”
After discovering the suspected marijuana, police called the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit and turned the case over to it, Sexton said. The drug unit could not be immediately reached for information.