Man pleas guilty in Dougherty Superior Court to theft, aggravated assault on peace officer charges

Suspect enters plea in connection to theft and eventual high-speed chase in Albany

ALBANY — A case resulting from an arrest in early 2005 has received some closure after the suspect entered a guilty plea in Dougherty Superior Court on Monday.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said that the case against Bobby Calvin Coe started in late 2004 when he reportedly stole 5,000 pounds of pecans, which were of a rare variety for the area, and began selling them in a nearby county. He initially cooperated with police, but lied about someone being a co-conspirator, Edwards said.

He was not initially arrested for the crime after returning a large portion of the pecans, Edwards said.

In February 2005, the Dougherty County Police Department became involved in a high-speed chase beginning near Albany Mall and ending on Lily Pond Road near Lamar Reese Elementary School, during which there were shots fired. Officers were eventually able to arrest Coe after he crashed his truck into a ditch, reports on the incident say.

In that case, Coe entered a guilty plea on Monday for three counts of aggravated assault on peace officers and theft by taking. In a separate case, he pled guilty but mentally ill for tearing up a desk in a jail cell, Edwards said.

For the police chase and theft incidents, Coe was sentenced to serve 13 years in prison, which including the time he has already served, leaves him four more years before he is eligible for probation, Edwards said.

For the jail incident, Coe received a five-year sentence which he has already served, the district attorney said.