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Albany agents chase suspects, make drug arrests

Agents of Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit chase down suspects

ALBANY — Two drug suspects were apprehended Thursday after a brief car chase by agents of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit.

Maj. Bill Berry commander of the ADDU said a suspicious white Mercury vehicle was spotted around 2:30 p.m. on North Slappey Boulevard near the Liberty Expressway. Agents ran a tag check it was discovered that the registration had been suspended, Berry said. When the agents attempted pull the vehicle over, the driver “took off,” at speeds up to around 55 miles per hours, Berry said, moving generally in a southeasterly direction.

“When they came off Palmyra and tried to turn south on Van Buren, one of the drug units struck their vehicle and spun it to one side,” Berry said.

Berry said that when the Mercury came to a stop that Nichalus Mainor, 32,and his brother, Bennie Lee Mainor, 34, fled on foot. Nichalus Mainor was carrying what was later suspected to be marijuana and methamphetamine, Berry said, which he attempted to scatter around the area. Bennie Mainor resisted arrest and was “tased,” Berry said.

Berry said the suspects were found to have about one ounce of marijuana and the same amount of methamphetamine. They also were found to have plastic “baggies,” scales suitable for weighing drugs and $998 in small bills, Berry said.

Berry said Nichalus Mainor has been charged with felony obstruction of law enforcement, possession of marijuana and methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and methamphetamine with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a park or school, tampering with evidence and failure to appear in court.

Bennie Mainor was charged with suspended auto registration, no vehicle insurance, suspended licence, fleeing and evading law enforcement and reckless driving, Berry said.

After being charged, Bennie Mainor was transported to the Dougherty County jail, Berry said, and Nichalus Mainor taken to the emergency room at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for treatment of a minor injury sustained after being tased.