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Morrow resident pleads 'guilty' to impeding federal officer

Antonio Darnell King, of Morrow, is facing up to eight years in prison, and a fine of up to $250,000 after he pleaded "guilty" in U.S. District Court, to leading law enforcement officers on a car chase through Atlanta two years ago, the court's spokesman announced on Friday.

King, 34, pled guilty to one count of criminal information, of resisting and impeding a federal officer, according to a written statement from U.S. District Court Spokesman Patrick Crosby.

King reportedly was being sought by law enforcement officers on April 18, 2008, for violating his supervised release, Crosby said. The release stemmed from a previous conviction for armed robbery, the court spokesman added.

Officers found the Morrow resident in a vehicle in Atlanta, and as they approached the car, he began driving toward a deputy U.S. marshal at a high rate of speed, according to Crosby.

The marshal "narrowly avoided injury," and a high-speed car chase, which at times reached speeds of 100 miles per hour, commenced through the streets of downtown Atlanta, Crosby said. King was later apprehended.

In the court's statement, U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said violence against law enforcement officers "will not be tolerated," and her office will make criminals "answer for their dangerous and lawless conduct," if they become violent while resisting arrest.

"The safety of law enforcement officers tasked with apprehending fugitives is critically important to our justice system," Yates said.

Crosby said King is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 12, in U.S. District Court.