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Covington man receives slew of charges after fleeing from Rockdale deputies

CONYERS — One Covington man apparently thought he could avoid sheriff’s deputies by making a U-turn in the middle of the road, fleeing at speeds up to 90 mph on a two-lane road, escaping out the passenger side of his car, and allegedly dropping bags of drugs on the ground as he attempted to climb over a fence. He was wrong.

Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputies were conducting a random road check on Saturday on Sigman Road at Gees Mill Road when Deputy Charles Smith saw a black Chevrolet Impala driving very slowly toward the road check.

“The vehicle drove in my direction and then conducted a U-turn in the middle of the roadway,” the deputy said in the incident report. “The driver, identified later as Mr. Robbie Jerrod Smith, ignored my commands and sped away.”

Deputy Smith and another deputy began following Robbie Smith as he traveled south on Sigman Road and then west on Old Covington Road.

“While traveling down Old Covington Road, we reached speeds between 70 and 90 mph,” the deputy reported.

Robbie Smith allegedly continued speeding, running stop signs at Gees Mill Road and at the railroad tracks next to Golden State Foods. He then ran the red light at Ga. Highway 138, where he traveled south until turning onto Main Street, the deputy stated. On Main Street, the driver was seen passing vehicles in very sharp curves.

Deputies saw Robbie Smith’s car turn into the Town Pointe apartment complex where Deputy Smith pulled his patrol vehicle on the driver’s side of the suspect’s car.

Deputy Smith got out of his car and ran over to the passenger’s side of Robbie Smith’s Impala and realized he had already left the car.

Just about that time, Deputy Smith heard another deputy give commands to Robbie Smith to stop and get on the ground.

“Hearing this, I turned just in time to see a black male wearing a black shirt and blue jeans turn the corner of the apartment building,” the deputy stated in the report. “Upon seeing this, I began to pursue the suspect on foot along with Deputy McCullough.”

Robbie Smith was seen running behind the apartments and could be heard climbing a chain link fence separating one complex from another.

The two deputies lost contact with Robbie Smith, but gave his description over the radio for other deputies. Soon, Robbie Smith was located by responding deputies in an adjacent apartment complex and taken into custody.

Deputy Smith returned to the suspect’s vehicle where he found a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun with an extended ammunition clip lying on the front passenger seat, he reported. The deputy learned the gun was reported stolen out of Walton County.

Deputies then began retracing Robbie Smith’s route when he took off running.

“Once reaching the spot where he crossed the fence, four small (plastic) bags and one large bag of marijuana were located, along with eight small individual bags of powder cocaine were located,” Deputy Smith reported. “A large piece of Mr. Smith’s shirt was also hanging from the barbed wire.”

Robbie Smith was then taken to Rockdale Medical Center where he received treatment for cuts to his hands sustained while climbing over the fence, the report states.

He was then taken to the Rockdale County Jail and charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer; possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime; possession of cocaine with intent to distribute; theft by receiving stolen property; possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce; probation violation; obstruction of law enforcement officers; driving with a suspended license; traffic signal violation; improper U-turn; failure to maintain lane; stop sign violation; and improper passing in a no passing zone.