by: Mike Petchenik Updated:
FULTON COUNTY, Ga - A Johns Creek man faces charges after Alpharetta police said he fled from officers and led them on a high-speed chase.
Police arrested Cody Davenport, 19, in Forsyth County Saturday night after an officer tried to pull him over for speeding on Windward Parkway.
“20 miles per hour above the posted speed limit,” said Alpharetta Department of Public Safety spokesman George Gordon.
Gordon told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik the officer smelled marijuana coming from Davenport’s car and when he asked him to step out of the car, he took off.
“The suspect was trying to get away at a very high rate of speed,” said Gordon.
Dash cam video shows Davenport’s car eventually lose control in a field off Ronald Reagan Parkway, and drive into a ravine. Video showed the officer with his gun drawn telling Davenport to stay on the ground.
“A bad decision of him fleeing and eluding,” said Gordon. “His actions and subsequent crash could have cost him his life.”
Karen Hudlow lives in the Admiral Ridge subdivision near where police attempted to pull over Davenport. She told Petchenik, speeding is a big concern for her and her neighbors.
“This is a residential neighborhood where people walk their dogs, children are riding bikes, going in and out of this soccer park, and people are going too fast up and down here,” she said.
Petchenik showed Hudlow the video.
“It’s so foolish,” she said. “So foolish for anyone to take off and expect that police won’t catch up with them.”
Online records showed Davenport remained in the Fulton County jail Tuesday. He’s facing several charges including speeding, fleeing and eluding and marijuana possession.