Man indicted in Norcross police chase

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man who allegedly fled from police while driving a stolen car was indicted this week by a Gwinnett County grand jury.

Robert Lee Smith faces charges of theft by taking, theft by receiving stolen property, fleeing or attempting to elude police and obstructing or hindering a law enforcement officer.

An officer on patrol in Norcross on Oct. 29 ran the tag of a gold Nissan Maxima that was speeding on Jones Mill Road and discovered it was stolen. Police tried to block in the car, but the driver drove onto railroad tracks that parallel Buford Highway, according to a police report. The car went down a steep embankment and crashed at the bottom.

Lee then jumped out and began running, but he fell down and police arrested him. Smith claimed he didn't know the car was stolen, the police report stated. He said he ran from police because he was afraid.

In other indictments:

•Kevin Anthony Williams was indicted on six counts of armed robbery, three counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a felony.

Williams allegedly robbed New York Little Italy Pizza and a Pizza Hut restaurant at gunpoint on Dec. 22. He also reportedly stole wallets or purses from several employees and customers. Three people were struck on the head with a handgun during the robberies, according to the indictment.