Alleged gunman leads deputies on chase through south Macon

Artez Leshawn Maloy

Artez Leshawn Maloy
Artez Leshawn Maloy Artez Leshawn Maloy

A man accused of firing a gun from inside a car Saturday turned himself in to authorities after leading deputies on a chase through south Macon.

Deputies were patrolling Everygreen Drive, near Hightower Road just before 5 p.m. Saturday when one of them spotted a man firing a gun from inside a maroon Ford Crown Victoria, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

The alleged shooter fled as deputies approached and led the lawmen on a pursuit from the Houston Avenue area, through side streets to Broadway. From there, he headed south toward the Middle Georgia Regional Airport, traveling through the Industrial park area onto Industrial Highway and Hawkinsville Road, according to the release.

The suspect’s Crown Victoria then headed north back toward where the chase began. He abandoned the car between two buildings just off Houston Avenue on Richmond Street and ran on foot, according to the sheriff’s office.

Artez Leshawn Maloy, 35, of Macon, later turned himself in and was booked into the county jail at 6 p.m., according to jail records.

No one was injured during the chase, according to the sheriff’s office.

Maloy is charged with reckless conduct, reckless driving and felony fleeing and eluding a peace officer, according to the release.

Deputies also had unrelated warrants to serve on Maloy for theft by conversion and child cruelty, according to the sheriff’s office.

Monroe County deputies have an outstanding misdemeanor theft by taking warrant pending.

Maloy is being held on $17,400 bond, according to the release.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 751-7500 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 877-68-CRIME.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398 or find her on Twitter@awomackmacon.