Randall Gene Smith, 52, was charged with a total 10 counts, including trafficking methamphetamine, driving under the influence of drugs and giving authorities false identification, a felony, the report said.
The incident began when Smith was heading south in a Mazda 626 on Riverstone Parkway around 6 p.m., after a Canton Police officer saw he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, a report provided by the Canton Police Department Thursday said.
Canton Police Department Community Outreach Officer Pacer Cordry said Thursday that the responding officer observed Smith swerving and pulled him over. When the officer approached the car they smelled alcohol and found an unopened but still cold beer bottle in the floorboard, the report said.
According to the report, Smith then provided the officer with a Georgia driver’s license with the name Charles Michael Lummus and a photo which resembled Smith.
When the officer had Smith get out of the car for further questioning he was asked to remove a pair of sunglasses he was wearing, and the officer noticed his eyes glazed over, with each of his pupils a different size, the report said. The officer asked Smith if he had any issues with his eyes, as it was suspected that he’d been using drugs. Smith said he once had an eye injury from a fish hook, the officer wrote.
After a failed sobriety test, Smith was placed under arrest on DUI charges and, according to reports, the responding officer and another who’d arrived as backup searched the car, which Smith said belonged to a friend.
They found 3.16 ounces of methamphetamine and $4,184 in cash, Cordry said.
On the street, Cordry said the methamphetamine would be worth $7,000 to $10,000. After being handcuffed and put in the back of a Canton police car while the officers searched, Smith was taken out to be read his rights in front of the patrol car’s mounted camera and put back inside.
According to the report, Smith then opened the door of the patrol car and fled into the woods near exit 19, as an officer pursued him.
Smith then tripped and fell into a pile of pine needles, the officer wrote.
When Smith was asked why he’d ran, he told the officer that his arms hurt and then asked “you’re going to charge me with everything in that car, aren’t you,” according to the report. The officer advised Smith would now face more charges and asked if he needed medical attention. According to the report, Smith said he did and was transferred to Northside Cherokee Hospital, where his blood was taken and he was examined for serious injuries, of which none were found.
Smith was taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center.
Upon booking at CCDC, Smith’s fingerprints were taken and his true identity learned, the report said.
Smith is being held at the Cherokee County Detention Center on $28,141 bond, though his felony drug-trafficking charge makes him ineligible for release whether bond is paid or not.