A Fort Valley man wasn’t the target of a drug investigation, but he was arrested in connection with one when he tried to escape in his car and grazed a Byron police officer, the sheriff said.
Darrand Williams, 39, of Fort Valley, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and possession of methamphetamine in the parking lot of a Fort Valley apartment on Tuesday morning, Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese said.
Quavis Alton Respress, 34, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after a raid of his apartment at 710 Green St., Deese said.
About 9:45 a.m., the Peach County Narcotics and Vice Unit, along with the Peach County Sheriff’s Response Team, arrived at the apartment to execute a search warrant at Respress’ apartment. Williams was parked outside the apartment when officers and deputies arrived.
Although officers identified themselves and were wearing tactical gear, Williams threw his car into reverse – grazing a Byron police officer with his vehicle as he tried to flee, Deese said. The officer managed to get out to the way in time and was only grazed by Williams' car. The officer was not taken to the hospital.
A sheriff’s deputy pulled a patrol car in front of Williams’ vehicle, blocking Williams' escape attempt as he turned around at the dead end of the parking lot.
“It’s just another prime example of what these officers face anytime they go out,” Deese said. “This guy was in the car and decided to throw it reverse and try to escape, even though there were officers all around him.
“There’s danger any time they go out. There’s just no such thing as a routine anything anymore in law enforcement, because they never know what they’re going to face,” Deese said.
A drug pipe and less than a gram of methamphetamine were found in Williams’ vehicle, Deese said.
“I mean this guy only had a little bit of meth and a pipe. He’s in a lot more trouble now than if he’d just raised his hand and did what they said,” Deese said. “They weren’t even after him. They were trying to get to the apartment.”
The car is considered a deadly weapon, which is why the charge is aggravated assault on a police officer, as opposed to obstruction of an officer, Deese said.
Marijuana and cocaine were seized in the raid of Respress’ apartment, Deese said.