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Man indicted for drugs, high-speed chase

ALBANY — A Dougherty County Grand Jury has indicted Vincent Darrell Jackson, Jr. on charges of drugs, firearm possession and attempting to allude police officers.

Jackson is indicted for one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of aggravated assault and five counts of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

Jackson’s fleeing charges stem from various traffic violations, including the running of traffic lights and stop signs and driving in the wrong lane while attempting to elude Dougherty County police on August 26.

According to police officials, the chase began when a unit of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit attempted to stop Jackson, then 28, for a tag violation. Instead, Jackson took off, officials say, and led them on a short chase. ADDU Chief Bill Berry said that at one point Jackson exceeded 80 mph in a 30 mph residential zone. After slamming into a lamp post on the 1900 block of West Whitney Avenue, Jackson left his SUV and fled on foot, Berry said.

According to the aggravated assault indictment, the impact of Jackson’s striking the lamp post caused it to fall over and almost strike a nearby person, thereby generating the charge and later indictment.

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 Jackson’s vehicle, Berry said.