Monday, April 22, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
NORCROSS -- An early-morning robbery of a Waffle House quickly escalated into a three-and-a-half mile chase on Jimmy Carter Boulevard where two suspects shot at pursing police officers, threw handguns out the window, and reloaded.
As two Gwinnett County police officers traveled past the Waffle House at 6079 Goshen Springs Road in Norcross just before 7 a.m. on Saturday morning, they noticed someone running from the restaurant and into a black 1994 Honda Accord. The second officer verified the robbery as the suspect's vehicle quickly fled the scene, Gwinnett Police Cpl. Jake Smith said.
The suspects, identified as Tamari Curtis Adams, 24, the driver, and Tavares Douglas Harris, 25, the passenger, led officers across Interstate 85 toward Rockbridge Road. Meanwhile, the suspects shattered their car's back window when they fired multiple shots at the officers, Smith said.
That caused officers to back off, but continue pursuit.
The chase continued through the intersection of Jimmy Carter and Rockbridge Road when the suspects fired a second round of shots and struck the first patrol car. Again, a handgun was thrown out the window before the chase ended at a Home Depot store at 4112 Jimmy Carter Blvd. when two officers trapped the suspects' vehicle.
With help from the Norcross Police Department, which obtained robbery charges, and the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department, who ID'd Harris, police took the men to the Gwinnett jail.
Along with robbery, Harris is also charged with providing a false name and Adams is charged with fleeing and eluding police, reckless conduct, reckless driving, speeding and several other traffic violations.