Photo: Patrick Anglin — A witness took this photograph shortly after a man running from police was hit by a Duluth Police Department cruiser.
DULUTH — Bryan Seth Stanley reportedly sped down Pleasant Hill Road, caused two accidents and initiated a miniature manhunt in Duluth on Monday. The 24-year-old Lawrenceville resident — well acquainted with Southeastern law enforcement — got hit by two squad cars and received a healthy forehead gash for his troubles.
Duluth Police Chief Randy Belcher said a motorcycle officer was “running laser” on Pleasant Hill Road Monday when he clocked Stanley at a high rate of speed.
Not yet in pursuit, the officer pulled to the crest of a hill and spotted Stanley’s vehicle pulling into a nearby Walmart parking lot and “speeding across in front.”
The officer reportedly followed the car through the parking lot and back down Pleasant Hill Road before losing contact with Stanley — but not for long.
“(Stanley) had made a hard right hand turn onto Steve Reynolds Blvd.,” Belcher told the Daily Post, “but he missed his lane of traffic and entered northbound traffic head-on, and struck a vehicle at the intersection, went over the median and got stuck on the median.”
A second car hit the vehicle Stanley allegedly struck. When the motorcycle officer arrived at the scene, Stanley started running, Belcher said, and lost his original pursuer. Nearby units — both Duluth and Gwinnett County PD — set up a perimeter around the area.
Two officers spotted Stanley calmly walking through a parking lot and asked for ID. He reportedly fled again, this time directly into the intersection of Steve Reynolds Blvd. and Old Norcross Road and the side of a Duluth police pickup truck.
“Instead of going around the police officer’s truck,” Belcher said, “he immediately turned right back around but stepped right into (an unmarked patrol car).”
That officer’s attempts to avoid a collision were unsuccessful.
“Unfortunately Mr. Stanley was struck, went into the air and landed on the windshield of the cruiser,” Belcher said.
By 4:45 p.m. Monday, Stanley had been taken to the hospital, treated and booked into the Gwinnett County jail. Exact charges he’ll face were unclear.
Jail records showed Stanley has now been arrested eight times in Gwinnett, the last several one fugitive holds out of Florida. Records from the Florida Department of Corrections show he was sentenced to six years of probation in Dec. 2007, the result of multiple burglary and grand theft charges.
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accidents between Stanley and Duluth police officers.