By Jason A. Smith
A Clayton County man will stand before a Superior Court judge in Henry, after allegedly running from authorities while in possession of narcotics.
Joseph Louise Tate, 28, of Jonesboro is charged with aggravated assault, obstruction of an officer, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. Tate also faces several traffic-related charges, including driving with a suspended license, striking a fixed object, and hit and run.
Tate, who is being represented by the Public Defender's Office, was being held in the Henry County Jail on $40,000 bond.
Henry County Police apprehended Tate at approximately 1:30 a.m., Wednesday, in Stockbridge. According to Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton, Tate was driving a Nissan Altima when he approached a road checkpoint at Ga. Highway 138 and Interstate 75, and ran through it.
"Officers had to jump out of the way of his vehicle to avoid being hit," said Bolton. "Officers pursued Tate's vehicle ... as he drove recklessly towards a second road check that was being held on Ga. Highway 138 at Walter Way."
Bolton said Tate nearly ran over law-enforcement personnel again, before turning onto North Henry Boulevard.
"The Altima eventually went airborne and crashed into the front of the Bank of America at 5505 N. Henry Blvd.," Bolton said. "Tate then exited the vehicle and ran on foot towards the rear of the bank."
Tate reportedly jumped a chain-link fence as police chased him on foot, but was subdued with a TASER moments later.
When he was searched, Bolton said officers found 1.8 grams of powder cocaine and less than an ounce of suspected marijuana. Fifteen rocks of crack cocaine were also located in the suspect's vehicle, Bolton added.
Tate was arrested and taken to the Henry County Jail. He appeared Thursday in Henry County Magistrate Court, and his case was bound over to Superior Court.