ALBANY, Ga. — A man wanted for questioning on possible drug charges fled after drug agents attempted to serve a search warrant at his apartment.
Maceo Hayes, 42, led police on a chase through the Historic District, Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Commander Maj. Bill Berry said.
Berry said that Hayes was leaving his apartment on the 200 block of West Roosevelt Alley as drug agents were pulling up to building to serve a search warrant. He jumped into his car and sped away, Berry said.
During the chase, Hayes reportedly tossed table-top scales from his vehicle. The scales are commonly used to weigh drugs, Berry said.
After leading agents up and down Jefferson Street, Pine Avenue, and Davis Street, Hayes was able to duck into the Rawson Circle neighborhood and elude police. Shortly after 3 p.m., Berry said that agents found the avenger at the Winn Dixie on U.S. Highway 19 North in Lee County, but Hayes was not around.
“While he was blowing through just about every intersection, stop sign and red light, we had to slow down and go through the intersections safely, and he just pulled away and then turned on Fourth Avenue and went into the Rawson Circle area and just vanished,” Berry said.
Berry said Hayes is well-known in the law enforcement community. He is described as a black male who is about 6 feet tall and weighs about 220 pounds. He was driving a blue Dodge Avenger which was rented at the time of the chase.
According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Hayes has a lengthy previous criminal history.
In Dougherty County, he has previous convictions for simple battery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, criminal damage to property, burglary and three separate convictions for cocaine possession. He’s been convicted of cocaine possession in Lee County and burglary in Muscogee County, according to the GADOC website.