Police officer tasers man who attempted to escape traffic stop on motorcycle

•NORCROSS - A Gwinnett County police officer recently tasered a man who attempted to flee from a traffic stop on a motorcycle that was malfunctioning and shooting flames out of the exhaust pipe, according to a police report.

A police officer noticed the man was traveling with a group of motorcyclists who appeared to be traveling north on Interstate 85 at speeds greater than 90 mph. When the police officer got into the HOV lane to pace the group, the man pulled in front of the officer's vehicle and slowed to about 40 mph.

When the officer tried to pull over the motorcyclist for driving without a license plate, the man accelerated to speeds greater than 110 mph and exited at Beaver Ruin Road. The officer did not chase the motorcycle but took that same exit.

On the exit ramp, the officer noticed the man was trying to push the motorcycle, which appeared to be suffering from a fuel problem, the report states. When the officer pulled around to the front of the motorcycle, the man attempted to push the bike around the officer's car.

Because of the danger of the flames coming from the exhaust pipe, the officer pulled out his Taser and shot the man, who was identified as Bryan Severino, 19, of Lawrenceville.

Severino told the officer he tried to flee because he was driving without the proper driver's license and was driving a motorcycle he was considering purchasing from someone in East Point.

Severino was treated at the scene and arrested on charges of reckless driving, fleeing or eluding a police officer and operating a motor vehicle without a tag.

ATM stolen from Bank of North Georgia

•SUWANEE - Gwinnett County police officers responded to an ATM panic alarm call earlier this month and found a Caterpillar tractor sitting near the place where a free-standing ATM machine should have been located, according to a police report.

Police discovered the Caterpillar had been stolen from a construction site, hot wired and used to lift the ATM from its location at the Bank of North Georgia on Distribution Drive in Suwanee.

Bank officials said they were unsure how much money the machine contained because it is serviced by an outside company. The bank is working to provide video surveillance of the crime.

Teen who bought doughnuts in exchange for ride from cop arrested

•NORCROSS - A teenager who lives in Decatur recently told Gwinnett County police he needed a ride to DeKalb County and that he had bought doughnuts to give the officer who gave him a ride home.

The teen, who told police he was 16, said his mother was in Florida and he was staying with his grandmother.

The officer called the boy's grandmother, who said the boy was 17 and that his mother was not in Florida. The officer then called the boy's mother, who said she did not know her son was in Gwinnett County.

The teen was arrested on charges of giving a false information to a police officer.

- From staff reports