Chase suspects charged in Lee County

Roderick McCoy and Alexander Merritt are charged in connection to a chase through Lee County into Dougherty County.

Roderick McCoy and Alexander Merritt are charged in connection to a chase through Lee County into Dougherty County.

LEESBURG, Ga. — Two suspects who fled the scene from Lee County to Albany Tuesday have been charged with multiple offenses, Lee County Sheriff's Office officials say.

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After a high-speed chase by Lee County Sheriff's deputies, the suspects were apprehended by officers of the Albany Police Department on 7th Avenue in Albany, said Louis Harris, chief deputy with the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

According to Harris, Alexander S. Merritt, 24, an Albany resident, was driving the car. Merritt has been charged with: Attempting to elude, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, reckless driving, obstructed tag, improper transfer of tag, driving while unlicensed and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

Roderick T. McCoy, 30, also from Albany, was the sole passenger in the car. McCoy has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, according to officials.

Harris said the suspects were transported from the scene to the Lee County Jail. According to Harris, charges may be pending from Dougherty County.

By Harris's description, the high-speed chase began Tuesday at 2:29 p.m. when a deputy of the Lee County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop a black Cadillac for a traffic violation at U.S. Highway 19 South and Forrester Parkway. The driver then accelerated the vehicle and fled southbound on Old Leesburg Road to Jefferson Street in Albany. Realizing the suspects were driving recklessly, the deputy abandoned hot pursuit but was able to maintain visual contact with the suspect vehicle. The Albany Police Department was notified of the situation and joined in pursuit.

The suspects eventually abandoned the vehicle on 8th Avenue in Albany and fled on foot westbound in the 7th Avenue alley toward Palmyra Road. They were apprehended by the APD at 8th Avenue and Palmyra Road, Harris said.

A green leafy substance believed to be marijuana was discovered in the Cadillac, Harris said. According to officials, a field test for the substance, which weighed less than one ounce, was applied on the scene and indicated positive for marijuana.

Harris said that multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the chase and apprehension of the suspects, including the APD, the Albany/Dougherty Drug Unit, the Albany Gang Task Force, Albany K-9 Unit, Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, Department of Corrections K-9 Unit and the Lee County Sheriff's Office S.T.E.P. Unit.


waltspecht 2 years, 7 months ago

Now to show these two what we think of their little run for freedom. Lets amke sure they are charged with every concievable violation. Just as if they had spoken bad about the Sheriff''s Momma. Then lets make sure none of the charges are traded off for convienance, or because some DA thinks the Police were just piling on. These two risked all our lives by their run. It is time it was made very clear that this type of behavior is frowned upon in this area. Make enough charges that they might seriously consider stopping next time they see Blue Lights. Obviously they had no fear of the consequences this time. Let's makesure they have respect and fear next time. Evenif the Cadillac can't be seized, at least make the fines add up to enough where the Cadillac has got to be sold and they won't be eating too high on the hog when they get out.


VSU 2 years, 7 months ago

They would have been better off just stopping when they realized they were being summoned to pull over. Because of their stupidity they have more charges on them.


FryarTuk 2 years, 7 months ago

These fellow have had a bad hair day.


Pappa 2 years, 7 months ago

Glad the Lee Co. police backed off and no one was hurt in the chase. Would have loved to see the arrests in the alley. Great job!


Merlin 2 years, 7 months ago

Oops, got busted by Lee County law. You are toast. Better hope Judge Thurman don't get your case, idiots. That's one bad aze judge, fair but tougher than woodpecker lips.


SMHgain 2 years, 7 months ago

Is that gray in the 24 year old's beard?


VietVet1 2 years, 7 months ago

It's hard to believe these fine looking "Albanians" did something wrong! Wonder how they financed their Cadillac?


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