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Suspect speeds from scene, dragging deputy

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

Clayton County authorities were on the lookout Thursday for a College Park man, who fled from police, dragging a sheriff's deputy approximately 40 yards with the deputy's arm in the car window.

Around 1 p.m., Thursday, sheriff's deputies pulled over Reshaun Dondul Smith, 25, for a traffic violation near the Auto Zone store, located at 6621 Riverdale Rd., and Flat Shoals Rd., according to Clayton County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Sgt. Sonja Sanchez.

When Smith said that he had a firearm in the vehicle, a deputy instructed him to keep his hands where they could be seen, Sanchez said.

Smith allegedly made a movement that led deputies to believe he was reaching for the firearm located in the back seat.

"Smith put the vehicle in drive with Deputy Struko's arm still in the driver's side window, dragging him approximately 40 yards," Sanchez said. Sanchez did not give a first name for Deputy Struko.

Smith fled on foot after crashing his vehicle into the entrance of Dahlridge Townhomes Community, at 1400 Flat Shoals Rd., College Park, according to Sanchez. Smith gained entry into one of the apartments, and a firearm was recovered in the breezeway of the complex, Sanchez said.

Deputies searched for the suspect, but were unable to locate him. Smith is described as a black male, 6 feet tall, weighing 150 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair with dreadlocks, and no facial hair.

He is charged with aggravated assault, reckless conduct, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, a suspended driver's license, noise violation, aggressive driving, leaving the scene of an accident, felony obstruction, altering a serial number [on a firearm], burglary, criminal trespass, and also a marijuana violation.

Anyone with information on Smith's whereabouts is asked to call the Clayton County Sheriff's Office at (770) 477-4480, or dial 911.