Richard Morrissey (DeKalb County Jail)

An Atlanta was arrested May 11 by Georgia State Patrol officers in Brookhaven after fleeing police at a safety stop and taking officers on a high speed chase before crashing into a resident’s yard in Ashford Park.

Richard Morrissey, 41, faces charges of fleeing, reckless driving, DUI-drugs, stop sign violation, improper U-turn, improper passing, speeding, driving while unlicensed, probation violation and obstruction. He is currently being held in the jail with a $7,671 bond.

The GSP was working in Brookhaven at the intersection of Peachtree Road at Ashford Dunwoody Road with the Brookhaven Police, the DeKalb Police, DeKalb Sheriff’s Office and other metro Atlanta agencies for the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety traffic enforcement road safety check.

According to the GSP, at about 11:15 p.m. on May 11, during the approved road check on Peachtree Road at Ashford Dunwoody Road, a motorcycle approached the road check traveling southbound on Peachtree Road.

The suspect, Morrissey, apparently saw the safety check and made a U-turn from the left lane and sped northbound on Peachtree Road. State patrol officers chased the motorcycle onto Redding Road and the motorcyclist made a U-turn in a yard on Ashford Road, according to a GSP report.

Morrissey did not obey verbal commands and two troopers were able to finally handcuff him after a brief struggle. He was then taken to the DeKalb County Jail.

There were at least two Georgia State Patrol helicopters in the area as part of the road checks and, according to GSP, were not airborne until after the pursuit was done.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.