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Police identify man killed in crash after drug bust

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man who died in an automobile collision while attempting to flee from police Thursday has been identified as 22-year-old Oscar Lee Burton of Buford.

Subsequent investigation has also revealed that Burton was driving a stolen 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the time of his death. The vehicle was reported stolen in Marietta on June 19, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Undercover officers were conducting a drug investigation shortly after midnight Thursday at an extended-stay hotel in Norcross when they spotted a drug transaction between three men.

When police moved to arrest them, two suspects fled on foot and the third drove off in a white Jeep. George Elbert Blake, 27, of Norcross, was captured following a brief chase, Moloney said.

A uniformed police officer in an unmarked car was patrolling the area looking for the Jeep when Burton drove up behind him on Oakbrook Parkway. The Jeep sideswiped the officer's car before swerving off the road and crashing, Moloney said.

Police initially thought Burton's vehicle struck the officer's car from behind. The incident is still under investigation.

Burton was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer was not injured, Moloney said.