Suspected of Theft

Man rams into deputy's car while trying to escape

by Wes Mayer

A man now faces a number of charges after fleeing from Coweta authorities and ramming into a deputy’s vehicle in the process.

On Thursday night, deputies served an arrest warrant for Jeremy Daniel Stephens, 23, who had outstanding warrants for theft by receiving stolen property, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities determined Stephens was staying at a home on the 100-block of Moreland Street in Grantville.

Deputy Adam Montgomery was the first to arrive on scene, and he identified a man leaving the home in a Toyota Camry as Stephens, Yarbrough said. Montgomery followed Stephens to the Dollar General on LaGrange Street, Grantville, but after entering the parking lot, Stephens took off and rammed into Montgomery’s vehicle — the left quarter panel was moderately damaged, Yarbrough said.

Deputies pursued Stephens into the Ivy Glen subdivision, where Stephens attempted to cut between two homes, Yarbrough said. There, Stephens’ vehicle bogged down, and he continued to flee on foot. Montgomery was close behind, chased Stephens down and used his electric stun gun to take him into custody because Stephens was still fighting.

According to Yarbrough, Stephens also was holding a 9mm Ruger handgun while fleeing on foot from Montgomery. The handgun turned out to be stolen from the home on Moreland Street. Authorities also discovered the Camry was taken without permission from the Grantville home.

Stephens was charged with theft by receiving stolen property, theft by taking, fleeing and attempting to elude officers, aggravated assault with a vehicle, two counts of obstruction, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Stephens may face even more charges, Yarbrough said.

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