The Atlanta Police Dept. and Georgia State Patrol teamed up to address an ongoing issue in many metro Atlanta communities: illegal use of ATVs and dirt bikes on city streets.
A joint detail was conducted on Sunday, July 8 as officers from both APD and GSP targeted several areas in the city where illegal activity has been experienced in the past.
Officers conducted 29 traffic stops leading to 11 arrests, six firearms recovered, 10 off-road vehicles and four passenger vehicles impounded and 11 citations issued. Two of the firearms recovered were determined to be stolen, and three of those arrested in possession of firearms were determined to be convicted felons.
Diamon Clay, 32, and Kenneth Blessitt, 30: Arrested during a traffic stop of a passenger vehicle. Both were convicted felons in possession of firearms. The firearm Clay was in possession of was determined to be stolen.
Gregory Lewis, 41: Arrested during a traffic stop involving a stalled ATV. Lewis provided a fake driver’s license to police and was found to be a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Javaris Bell, 28: Arrested during a traffic stop of a passenger vehicle. Bell was a passenger in the vehicle and was found to have an active warrant out for his arrest. He was also found to be in possession of .5 grams of marijuana.
Brandon Miller, 23, and Jessie Brown, 27: Arrested during a traffic stop of a passenger vehicle. Both were found to be in possession of firearms and seven grams of marijuana.
Jakhari Caldwell, 17, and Cedric Brown, 17: Arrested after fleeing a traffic stop in a passenger vehicle. Caldwell lost control of the vehicle and drove into a wooded area before both fled on foot. They were apprehended after a brief foot chase. Officers located a stolen firearm and six grams of marijuana in the vehicle. Officers determined Caldwell and Brown were both DFW gang members.
Adrean Hill, 47: Arrested during a traffic stop of a passenger vehicle. Hill was found to be in possession of two grams of marijuana.
Jeffrey Zachary, 40, and Henry Rower, 23: Arrested during a traffic stop on two dirt bikes driving on city streets and sidewalks.
A 14 year old and a 15 year old were Issued citations during a traffic stop of a dirt bike and ATV. Both were released to a guardian.
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