With numerous vehicles damaged and pedestrian lives in danger, police said they had no choice but to shoot the allegedly erratic driver plowing through the parking lot near Perimeter Mall Wednesday night.
The driver, later identified as Mr. Bradley Almy, 34, of Marietta, was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital, according to Dunwoody police.
And investigators may never know what prompted the metal carnage the man left behind.
Still, Mr. Almy, who had prior DUI arrests, was due in court next week to answer charges relating to a drunk driving arrest in June.
Around 6:20 p.m. officers spotted a man driving recklessly through the parking lot at 41 Perimeter Center East, police spokesman Officer Tim Fecht said.
An officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the suspect refused to stop and drove recklessly through parking lots and on several streets disregarding the safety of pedestrians, he said.
At Ashford Dunwoody Road at Perimeter Center East, the suspect vehicle rammed several cars, Officer Fecht said.
“Two uniformed officers on foot approached the vehicle and attempted to stop the suspect from fleeing,” Officer Fecht said. “The suspect continued to strike other cars moving back and forth.
“Fearing for the safety of the motoring public, pedestrians and the officer’s safety, an officer fired one shot at the suspect.”
Now wounded, the suspect struck additional cars and continued through traffic to turn onto Perimeter Center East.
The suspect’s vehicle struck a light pole in front of Savannah Park Apartments on Perimeter Center East and stopped.
Officers immediately detained the suspect and administered first aid until paramedics arrived.
Sgt. Jason Dove, the officer who fired the deadly shot, has been placed on routine paid administrative leave.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation at the request of the Dunwoody Police Department.
Although investigators declined to say whether alcohol was involved, Mr. Almy’s criminal record includes two arrests on DUI charges.
On June 14 Cobb County police stopped Mr. Almy as he was weaving on I-75 and Delk Road, according to an arrest record obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Mr. Almy initially failed to stop for officers, reaching a speed of 85 mph in a 65 mph zone.
When he was stopped, officers found an open liquor bottle in the car and suspected Mr. Almy of being under the influence of alcohol, the warrant states.
The arresting officer “observed slurred speech, bloodshot and glassy eyes, a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person and breath, accused admitted to drinking ‘a lot,’ and he was very unsteady on his feet,” the warrant states.
Mr. Almy was arrested on several charges including DUI, speeding, improper lane change, attempting to elude, improper use of a signal and not having a driver’s license on his person, all misdemeanors, according to arrest records.
He was released on June 17 after posting $10,000 bond.
Mr. Almy was scheduled to appear Dec. 6 in Cobb County State Court to answer to the charges, a spokeswoman for the court clerk’s office told The AJC.
In August 2007, Mr. Almy was arrested shortly after midnight by Cobb police on Ga. 120 at Sewell Mill Road and charged with DUI, no proof of insurance and suspended registration, the paper reported.
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