According to Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit officials, Bryant Brazier tried to elude police by making a right on Gail Avenue while he headed south on Nottingham Way in this 2008 black Dodge Charger. Instead, he crashed into the blue Honda in the background. He then ran west on Gail Avenue to an alley between apartment buildings where he was caught.
ALBANY — As 26-year-old Bryant Brazier pulled out into traffic at about 4:30 p.m. Friday on Nottingham Way, “The Man” was on his tail.
According to Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit agents, they caught Brazier after he crashed his black 2008 hemi-engine Dodge Charger making a right turn on Gail Avenue in an attempt to elude the unit’s patrol cars. He was running away from the crash when apprehended.
Brazier was apprehended carrying a gallon bag filled with marijuana, and after his arrest agents headed four blocks north to Brazier’s Costner Court residence where they found more marijuana and cash. They then arrested Kiara Knight, 22, Brazier’s girlfriend.
“It was about 1.5 pounds of marijuana,” Drug Unit leader Maj. Bill Berry said. “There was more than $18,000 in cash.”
Plans call for Brazier to be charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school and driving violations, Berry said. Knight will be charged with the two possession charges and perhaps more.
Drug agents had a tip that Brazier was driving on a suspended license, Berry said. Brazier was spotted pulling out of the Village Apartments parking lot by an agent in a drug unit patrol car.
“He turned on his blue lights to stop him (Brazier), and he took off,” Berry said. “He hit an SUV and then a Honda on Gail. His car didn’t even stop before he took off running.”
Agents caught Brazier heading down an alley on the south side of Gail Avenue, Berry said. Brazier was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital because he was involved in a crash.
Berry said Brazier was released from the hospital and booked into the Dougherty County Jail. The woman who was driving the Honda and the people in a green Chevrolet Trailblazer were also taken to the hospital by Dougherty County EMS and examined.
No further information on the crash victims was immediately available. The Georgia State Patrol was called into the investigation as procedure dictates. GSP typically investigates vehicle crashes involving police pursuits.