Armed Athens felon found asleep at the wheel of SUV


Charleston Jamal Croffie

By Joe Johnson

A convicted felon was in possession of a gun when an officer woke him up early Sunday at the wheel of an SUV that was stopped at a westside intersection, Athens-Clarke County police said.

Upon being wakened, 27-year-old Charleston Jamal Croffie led officers on a high-speed chase from Hawthorne and Oglethorpe avenues to the Columbia Brookside housing complex off Hawthorne Avenue, police said.

Officers located the SUV where Croffie abandoned it within the complex, and they arrested him after he came out ofan apartment where he sought to hide.

When searching the SUV, officers found a stolen pistol and accessories, police said.

Croffie, of Highland Park Drive, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, impeding traffic flow, felony fleeing and eluding police, and reckless driving, police said. He was also served with a prbation violation warrant that stemmed rom a DUI conviction. Additionally, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office placed a hold on Croffie’s release from the Athens jail because they had a warrant for his arrest on file for an unspecified offense, according to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.

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