What began as a routine traffic stop for speeding turned into a high-speed police chase, and then into a foot pursuit, and finally into an arrest for a dozen charges, including aggravated assault of a police officer, according to court testimony.
Ramando Malone, 24, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault of a police officer, one count of possession of a schedule II drug (cocaine), one count of possession of marijuana (less than an ounce), one count of driving with a suspended license, one count of fleeing or attempting to evade an officer, two counts of speeding, one count of DUI, one count of reckless driving, one count of open container and one count of obstructing an officer.
Malone pleaded not guilty to all charges in Recorders Court Monday. He did not make a statement in court.
According to trooper testimony, Malone was driving north on Veterans Parkway on Dec. 14 at about 3:15 a.m. when a Georgia State trooper clocked his speed at 67 miles per hour in a 40 zone.
Trooper Charles Holloway said in court that Malone sped up, fleeing, as he attempted to catch up.
Malone was then clocked doing 85 in a 45 zone, Holloway testified; Malone also ran a red light at River Road and Veterans Parkway.
After numerous turns Holloway witnessed Malone run a stop sign, swerve and attempt to T-bone a Columbus police officers cruiser on 9th Avenue near 32nd Street.
Afterward, Malones vehicle then drifted off and back onto the 9th Avenue shoulder, before allegedly striking a second vehicle, driven by Trooper Will Tatum, on the drivers side.
Malones vehicle was driven into a ditch, at which point he fled on foot before being downed by a Taser.
A search of his person uncovered a small plastic bag of alleged marijuana; a search of his vehicle uncovered an open Bud Light and less than a gram of alleged cocaine in a small plastic bag.
Holloway said in court that when asked about the cocaine, Malone said it was for personal use.
Malones breath allegedly smelled of alcohol; he was arrested and transported to the Midtown Medical Center, where his blood was drawn. The results were not available in court.
Judge Mary Buckner set a total bond of $28,300 for Malones 12 charges, including $10,000 each for the aggravated assault charges.