Drug suspect seeks refuge at home of off-duty officer

by Wes Mayer

When fleeing from the police, make sure you don’t unknowingly try and get help from an off-duty police officer.

But that’s what happened to Ricci Lamont Dennard, 34, who ended up knocking on the wrong door.

Dennard, a suspected drug dealer, initially escaped arrest Monday night after fleeing into the woods during a traffic stop by Grantville police officers.

Around 10:58 p.m. Monday, officers made a traffic stop on I-85 southbound at mile marker 34, said Grantville Police Chief Javier Garcia. According to Garcia, during the stop, a small fight ensued when Dennard attempted to flee on foot. He later escaped into the woods, spilling some money out of his pocket.

According to Garcia, officers pursued but were unable to catch Dennard. In the woods, however, they found four vacuum-sealed bags they believe Dennard discarded. Inside one of these bags was a half pound of powdered cocaine, and in the other three were three-and-a-quarter pounds of marijuana.

Dennard was not caught until later, after he made the mistake of knocking on the door at the home of a Newnan Police officer, Garcia said. Apparently Dennard, not realizing the homeowner was an officer, said he just fled from the cops and needed help. This led to another foot pursuit, and Dennard was successfully taken into custody around 11 a.m.

Dennard was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and obstruction of officers, and he was transported to the Coweta County Jail.



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