By Jason A. Smith
Two men were in the Henry County Jail Thursday, following a police chase in McDonough on Wednesday. The chase ended when the driver of a reportedly stolen 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass lost control, and careened into a ditch.
Both suspects, Michael Alexander, 33, of Hapeville, and Charles Lamar Page, 37, of Atlanta, appeared Thursday in Henry County Magistrate Court. Alexander is charged with theft by receiving stolen property, fleeing/attempting to elude an officer and misdemeanor obstruction of an officer. Page is charged with misdemeanor obstruction.
Judge Martin Jones set bond at $35,000 for Alexander, and bound the charges over to Henry County Superior Court. The judge set Page's bond at $5,000, and bound his charge over to Henry County State Court.
Alexander was represented by the Public Defender's Office, and Page was represented by a court-appointed attorney from the law firm of Lister & Holt.
The chase reportedly took place Wednesday at approximately 3:50 p.m., according to Henry County Police Sgt. Rene Swanson. She said the police department's Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement (CAGE) Unit responded to a "suspicious vehicle call" in the area of Jonesboro Road.
"A CAGE unit ... noticed the vehicle on Foster [Drive] and turned around," Swanson said. "When the officer hit his blue lights, the vehicle sped on to I-75 northbound from ... Jonesboro Road."
Police said the Cutlass was reported stolen from the Atlanta area.
Alexander and Page, Swanson continued, exited at the Jodeco Road exit from the interstate, and turned right. The driver then lost control of the vehicle, and drove it through a ditch into a vacant lot, the sergeant said.
"The two occupants fled on foot," Swanson said. "After a short foot pursuit, CAGE Officer John McNair was able to take one suspect into custody. The other suspect was apprehended by a K-9 [officer] shortly afterwards. The suspect had been hiding underneath a deck."
Authorities did not release additional details on the case Thursday.