Dunwoody, GA- Police said they had no other choice when they shot a Marietta man in the Perimeter Mall Parking lot Wednesday, because his erratic driving was putting numerous lives in danger.
Bradley Almy, 34, was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta for a gunshot wound where he was pronounced dead Dunwoody police said.
Around 6:20 Dunwoody police officers noticed that a man was driving erratically through the parking lot of Perimeter Center East, police spokesman Officer Tim Fecht said.
Officers tried to get the man to pull over, but he continued his reckless driving rampage in parking lots and on several streets, disregarding the safety of pedestrians. Almy crashed into several parked cars on Ashford Dunwoody Road, Fecht said.
“Two uniformed officer on foot approached the vehicle and attempted to stop the suspect from fleeing,” Fecht said, “The suspect continued to strike other cars moving back and forward.”
“Fearing for the safety of the motoring public, pedestrians and the officers’ safety, an officer fired one shot at the suspect,” Officer Fecht said.
Even though he was wounded, Almy proceeded to strike more vehicles and continued driving through traffic, turning onto Perimeter Center East. Almy’s car crashed into a light pole in front of Savannah Park Apartments and stopped.
The officer who shot Almy has been placed on administrative leave.
Police are unsure if Almy was intoxicated when he went on his rampage, but they soon discovered he had previous arrests for intoxicated driving and was due to appear in court on December 6th for a June arrest, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
On June 14th, Cobb County police stopped Almy just after 12:30 a.m. after they observed him weaving in and out of traffic on I-75 and Delk Road.
Initially, Almy refused to stop for officers and began fleeing police reaching speeds as high as 85 miles per hour. Once Almy stopped, police found an open bottle of liquor in his vehicle.
The arrest report also stated that officer “observed slurred speech, bloodshot and glassy eyes, a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person and breath, accused admitted to drinking ‘a lot,’ and he was very unsteady on his feet,” The Journal reported.
Almy was then charged with DUI, open container, speeding, improper lane change, attempting to elude, not using his turn signal and not having a driver’s license on his person. Though those are all misdemeanors Almy was still in serious trouble. Almy also had a DUI arrest from 2007.
Although police are unclear if Almy was intoxicated when he went on his rampage, it is a possibility considering his history with intoxicated driving.
Over 50 percent of people who are charged with their first DUI will go on to repeat that offense. In the state of Georgia, a DUI arrest stays on your record forever, unless the offender hires a DUI attorney to have their record expunged.
In the state if Georgia a second DUI charge carries a penalty of three days to one year in jail, suspension of a driver’s license for at least three years and fines up to $1,000.
Driving while intoxicated has severe consequences, but as this case demonstrates not stopping for police is not only unwise, but it can also be dangerous for the driver and other people on the roads. Despite this many people try to flee from police if they think they will be arrested for drunk driving.