Norcross man indicted in police chase

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Norcross man was indicted this week for allegedly ramming his vehicle into a police patrol car while attempting to flee from a traffic stop.

Gustavo Velasquez-Mendoza, 32, faces charges of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, aggravated assault on a peace officer, obstruction of law enforcement, fleeing and attempting to elude police, and driving without a license or insurance.

Velasquez-Mendoza didn't pull over when an officer signaled for him to stop on March 10 because he was driving with an expired temporary tag, according to a police report. He reportedly kept driving past two other officers, even when they started using their sirens, horns, hands and voices to indicate he should stop.

He also struck a police car driving by Officer M.N. McKenzie, according to the indictment. Velasquez-Mendoza reportedly continued driving through a Duluth parking lot until he reached a dead end, at which point he started running on foot. The officers chased him for about 200 yards and apprehended him.

Inside his car were plastic bags filled with unidentified pills and a glass pipe containing cocaine residue, the police report said.