Short chase ends in pot arrest

ALBANY — The Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit made a marijuana arrest Monday after being led on a short chase that ended when the suspect’s SUV slammed into a light post on the 1900 block of West Whitney Avenue.

An ADDU unit had earlier attempted to pull over Vincent Darrell Jackson Jr., 28, for a tag violation, but Jackson took off and led the officers on a short chase, police said. ADDU Chief Bill Berry said Jackson once exceeded 80 mph in a 30 mph residential zone. After hitting the light pole, Jackson attempted to flee on foot but was soon apprehended, he said.

The ADDU brought in a drug dog to retrace Jackson’s steps, where they found 19 bags of marijuana and a loaded .38-caliber pistol in the vehicle.

Berry said Jackson was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, felony attempting to elude, reckless driving, suspended license and speeding.

Berry added that Jackson was taken to the Dougherty County Jail.