GHB found in car of man arrested in Buford Connector pileup

by: Liz Artz Updated:


ATLANTA - Atlanta police say the man that caused a pileup on the Buford Connector while our cameras were rolling may have been transporting a large amount of GHB.

Acting on a tip, narcotics officers obtained a search warrant on Darren Braun's 2012 Dodge pickup truck.

Police say their drug-sniffing K-9 hit on a compartment where police found what is to be a large amount of GHB.

Police told Channel 2's Liz Artz more than two pounds of what they believe to be GHB, also known as the date rape drug, was well-hidden in the truck, tucked away in a secret space.

Police say it was in the floorboard of the rear passenger seat in what looked like a standard compartment on the truck.

Atlanta police Sgt. Greg Lyon says the liquid is currently being tested at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab. They want to make sure the substance is what they think it is.

Police say they generally come across small amounts for personal use with that particular drug, not two full bottles of it.

Our cameras were rolling the day Braun was found passed out on the Buford Connector. A Channel 2 photographer recorded as the 36-year-old scuffled with a HERO worker and then took off, crashing into several cars causing a six-car collision. The car then jumped a fence and eventually escaped back to Frederick, Maryland.

Braun currently has eight warrants for his arrest out of Georgia. DUI is one of the warrants, but police say it's unclear if Braun was under the influence of GHB that day.

The other warrants out on Braun in Georgia are misdemeanors. Police say they will not extradite on a misdemeanor.

Braun faces serious unrelated drug charges in Virginia right now.

Artz was told his truck has been claimed by his insurance company and is going to be towed from Futos Wrecker soon.

Artz attempted to contact Darren Braun's attorney but was not able to reach him.

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