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Suspect hit by car during police chase

Photo: Patrick Anglin — A witness took this photograph shortly after a man running from police was hit by a Duluth Police Department cruiser.

Photo: Patrick Anglin — A witness took this photograph shortly after a man running from police was hit by a Duluth Police Department cruiser.

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Bryan Seth Stanley

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.

Comments

pcjohn 1 year, 6 months ago

Was it an accident or a deliberate act ?

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Why_not 1 year, 6 months ago

I seriously doubt any police officer would intentionally run over a suspect with a patrol car.

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pcjohn 1 year, 6 months ago

I disagree since I saw a film of that occurrence by the AtlantaPD several years ago (on Channel 3 Comcast). You seem to be the type of person that condones anything a cop does....you'd probably be tragically upset by today's finding about the three animals who kicked and punched a prisoner repeatedly will lose their "Certification".

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Why_not 1 year, 6 months ago

You are wrong with your assumption. I feel that they must set an example and are not exempt from the law, but your comment history clearly shows you have a very strong dislike for law enforcement officers.

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pcjohn 1 year, 6 months ago

And now your assumption is incorrect. I don't dislike cops doing their jobs properly. My five or so contacts with GCPD have been pleasant and frequently informative. BUT, I take a dim view of questionable actions, or illegal actions, or unnecessary use of force by cops, And these cases, when "investigated" by Internal Affairs, are usually ruled to exonerate the offenders.

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NewsReader 1 year, 6 months ago

Seriously pcjohn? Why_not and I don't hardly ever agree on anything, but we agree on this. The bottom line is that if they had to chase him down, then I really don't care what use of force they had to do to capture his worthless behind. Arrested eight times in Gwinnett alone? This guy is a menace and obviously doesn't learn much from past experiences.

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pcjohn 1 year, 6 months ago

As long as you "don't care what use of force" a cop uses, I wish you well. You are advocating the type of police power that was evident in South Africa during Apartheid. And I doubt that his prior arrest record was known at the time of this incident - it was just police work as usual, I presume.

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notblind 1 year, 6 months ago

People that attempt to flee recklessly should be run over until dead.

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Wyoming1 1 year, 6 months ago

Its a shame the vermin survived. Now it will be a drain to taxpayers. But it is also job security. Lol

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Dubbin 1 year, 6 months ago

This story simply proves what I've been saying for a while: The biggest threat to our collective safety are the JUDGES who let human filth like this back out onto the streets. One thing I do not mind paying taxes for are jails - they should be full of people like this. Heard of three strikes? This guy had 8 arrests and he's out walking around? What gives?

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notblind 1 year, 6 months ago

Hey ! He's gots his rights !!!!! You and I pay for the lawyer that ensures his rights ain't trampled on. Also, prison is just another entitlement for the moocher class like this guy.

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Wyoming1 1 year, 6 months ago

Well its the wonderful criminal loving liberals who want vermin like this on the streets. Until they commit a crime on them or their families. It is what it is.

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