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Man leads police on chase

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man is behind bars in Gwinnett after he led police on a near 30-mile chase that ended in midtown Atlanta early Wednesday, jail records show.

Maurice Adrianne Buford, 24, of Atlanta, is accused of eluding several police officers in a stolen vehicle he obtained following a drug-related armed robbery off Club Drive in Duluth.

During the wild, multi-jurisdictional pursuit, Buford ran at least 14 stoplights on Buford Highway at speeds in excess of 125 mph before he wrecked his vehicle on Spring Street in midtown Atlanta, the report said.

He was arrested by authorities after a brief scuffle, according to the incident report. No one was injured. He remains in Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

Buford, a native of Memphis, Tenn., faces a slew of charges, including four counts of armed robbery, five counts of false imprisonment, aggravated assault, obstruction of a police officer, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, driving without a driver's license, theft by taking and violating his parole, according to his booking sheet.

Prior to the chase, Buford held five people at gunpoint at a residence in the 3700 block of Club Drive shortly before 1 a.m., according to his arrest warrant. There, he allegedly stole several phones, six dollars, a large bag of marijuana and a Chevrolet Cobalt from a woman in the group.

An officer in the area - notified of a carjacking on Club Drive - located Buford in the stolen vehicle on Interstate 85 southbound, near the Indian Trail-Lilburn Road exit, records show. The officer attempted to stop Buford several miles down the road at I-85 and Jimmy Carter Boulevard, but he refused to pull over. Buford allegedly took off down the ramp, ran a red light and sped down Crescent Drive at about 90 mph, at times crossing over into oncoming traffic.

Later, on Buford Highway, the suspect ran 14 stop lights and reached speeds in excess of 125 mph as he swerved in and out of traffic in an attempt to outrun authorities.

Buford's skill behind the wheel, though, expired in Fulton County.

While turning from Peachtree Street onto Spring Street, Buford over-negotiated the turn and spun out of control, causing him to crash into an exit ramp wall, the report states.

Combative, Buford had to be subdued with a Taser. Police found four cell phones, $13 and a black bag containing marijuana, according to the report.