A Conyers man suspected of selling drugs learned a shockingly painful lesson last week when he attempted to run from police.
While conducting a routine patrol around Pinedale Circle in the afternoon of Monday, August 13, a Conyers police officer noticed a group of men standing in a circle and passing something among them near several vacant houses. When the officer pulled over at 1647 Pinedale Circle to investigate a man identified as Brian Lamaras Preston, 25, came from behind the vacant house and began to act suspicious, according to the police report.
When the officer asked for identification, Preston allegedly pulled a large bag of marijuana out of his pocket while searching for his license.
When the officer asked about the bag, Preston took off running and was struck with a Taser by the officer. The report states Preston fell to the ground but was able to remove the Taser probes and run again. The officer then discharged a second round into Preston's back, causing him to fall stiffly to the ground.
At that point Preston was arrested and transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where he received eight staples in the head and stitches in his head and knee for injuries he sustained while falling to the ground.
Officers allegedly found three debit cards, a digital scale, three large bags of marijuana, 21 Xanax pills, 30 Loritab pills, two lighters, $90 cash, a broken cell phone and a battery charger in Preston's possession.
Preston was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, two counts of possession of narcotics, possession of drug-related objects, obstruction, abandoning a controlled substance, loitering and prowling. Preston allegedly abandoned the container of pills by throwing it on the ground when he was Tasered the first time.
According to the report, Preston admitted his phone was broken before the incident.