Muscogee County Marshal's Office deputies are searching for a man suspected of trafficking marijuana after they engaged the suspect in a high speed pursuit, which led the suspect to crash near Dimon Elementary School.
A deputy was in the area of Parkwood Drive and Dirk Way at about 1 p.m. when he saw a man operating a maroon Chevy Impala disregard a stop sign. The deputy initiated a stop, to which the Impala driver initially complied. But when the deputy exited his vehicle, the man drove away.
The deputy pursued the vehicle until he lost site of it. Within 15 minutes, a citizen sighted the driver traveling at a high rate of speed near Steam Mill Road and McCartha Drive. The suspect struck a school sign and fled from the crash site.
When deputies searched the car, they found a brown paper bag on the floor of the passenger seat which contained nearly three ounces of marijuana. The street value of the marijuana was estimated at $830.00. Deputies also found two cell phones.
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Following investigation, the Marshal's Office is looking for 25-year-old Cedric Bernard Oates, who lives on Farwell Drive. He is described as a black man with blonde-tipped dreadlocks. He will be charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school, fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer and reckless driving.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Marshal's Office at 706 653 4225.