ATLANTA – A convicted felon was arrested Wednesday after police said he was seen driving a stolen car, the Atlanta Police Department said.
Vehencei Ross, 22, of Atlanta, has been charged with flight to escape, theft by receiving stolen goods, criminal damage to property and two charges of possession of weapons.
Police say they were first alerted to a stolen BMW just before 12:45 p.m., taken from an apartment complex in the 2100 block of Joseph E Boone Ave.
About four hours later, police spotted the suspect getting into the car in the Joseph E. Boone neighborhood. The Georgia State Patrol has been called upon.
Soldiers attempted to stop the vehicle at the intersection of MLK JR Dr. and Westview Dr. SW, but police said the driver continued and accelerated.
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The APD air unit, called the Phoenix Air Unit, was brought in to follow. Police released video from the helicopter showing the helicopter watching the car enter and exit traffic.
Police said the driver eventually lost control, crashed and attempted to flee to a cemetery, but officers on the ground were able to catch up with aerial surveillance.
In a statement regarding the incident, the Atlanta Police Department wrote:
“This is another outstanding demonstration of the excellent policing work of the Atlanta Police Department, Phoenix Air Unit mobile units, and the value of teamwork with our partners, the GSP State Troopers. We are grateful to everyone who helped apprehend this repeat offender. We appreciate the work our officers do every day and their sacrifices for the good of the community. “
The officer recovered a stolen gun from the suspect.
Ross was booked in the Fulton County jail.
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