Suspect tries to hide in subdivision

Patrick Yost News

An initial attempt to stop a Fairburn man for speeding turned to much worse after the man stopped the Mercedes he was driving on Atlanta Highway near the entrance to Graham Ridge subdivision and attempted to take refuge in an occupied house.

According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Matthew Justin Hall, 27, was arrested and charged with speeding, fleeing and attempting to elude, improper stopping, failure to maintain lane, driving while license suspended, reckless driving, obstruction and possession of marijuana, less than an ounce on Saturday, May 5.

Reports state that patrolling westbound on Atlanta Highway alleged observed Hall driving the Mercedes at approximately 75 mph in a 55 mph zone at 6 a.m. The deputy initiated a traffic stop but, reports state, the Mercedes accelerated east bound until it approached the entrance to Graham Ridge.

The vehicle then crossed over the center line and came to an abrupt stop near the entrance and Hall fled from the vehicle and into a wooded area in front of the subdivision.

Dispatch was informed and three Madison Police Department officers arrived and began establishing a perimeter around the vehicle and into the neighborhood. Two more Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived.

Reports state that officers began to hear dogs barking east of the vehicle and a deputy reported that he observed a man standing on the porch of his Atlanta Highway residence. A deputy responded to the house and located Hall on a side porch.

The residence told officers that Hall had come to his door and told him he was trying to get a ride to work and that “he was a good person.” The resident said when a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled into his driveway, Hall allegedly kept coming toward the house and told the resident “Man, I am running from the police, will you cover for me?”

The resident did not and directed the deputy towards Hall.

Reports state that a small plastic clear bowl with suspected marijuana was located in the Mercedes along with a black portable ash tray that allegedly contained suspected partially smoked marijuana cigarettes.

Once detained, reports state, Hall reiterated to officers that he was “not a bad person” and that he was “working on cleaning up his life.”

The vehicle was registered to an Augusta woman who agreed to come and retrieve the car.

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