An Athens man was arrested Wednesday and charged with suspected heroin trafficking after police noticed a suspicious vehicle in an empty lot, according to an report.
Officers noticed a vehicle backing out of a vacant business parking lot on Newton Bridge Road at about 9 p.m. Wednesday. Because the location had been the site of previous thefts, the officer started to initiate a traffic stop.
Before the officer could fully turn around to approach the vehicle, the car was traveling away at high speed. The officer began chasing the car at 90 miles-per-hour, finally stopping after the vehicle turned into the Holland Youth Sports Complex.
After stopping, the driver of the vehicle got out and began walking toward the officer with his hands raised, despite repeated requests to get back in his vehicle. He then ran to some duplexes across the street and began running in circles around the buildings.
When the suspect had circled the buildings three times, the officer caught him and put Demarcus Jordan, 29, in custody. By then, assisting officers had arrived on scene.
Police found two cell phones, grocery bags with green leafy flakes and over $1,000 in cash in Jordan's pockets.
In Jordan's car, officers also found baggies containing suspected marijuana, 86 tablets of the high-dose pain killer Tramadol, open and unopened bottles of alcohol, one tablet of the pain killer Methadone and 13 suspected heroin capsules. The capsules were sent to a GBI lab for testing.
Officers also found a box of open sandwich bags and a small digital scale.
Jordan was arrested and charged with suspected heroin trafficking, possession of schedule I and II drugs, distributing dangerous drugs and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He was taken to Clarke County Jail.