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Convicted felon charged with crashing car into east Athens house while fleeing from police


By Joe Johnson

A convicted felon who last month allegedly crashed a car into a house in east Athens while fleeing from police has been arrested.

Curtis Omar Williams, 36, of Highland Park Drive was arrested this week on warrants charging him with felony fleeing to elude police, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to obey a traffic control device, and two counts of violating probation.

According to police, an officer was on Oconee Street late the night of March 12, when he saw a Chevrolet Impala travel through a red light, then attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the parking lot of RaceTrac.

The driver provided a license that identified him as Williams, police said, and when the officer saw a large bag of marijuana on the car’s floorboard, he instructed Williams to exit the vehicle, police said; The man said, “I've got to go” and sped away from the parking lot.

The Impala was soon found on Old Winterville Road, where police said the driver lost control and crashed it into the side of a house, causing considerable damage but no apparent injuries; The abandoned car was registered to Williams.

Williams was booked into the county jail Monday on warrants issued to ACCPD, with the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office listed as the arresting agency.

Two felony probation warrants stemmed from Williams being convicted in 2014 of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and other drugs.

As of Tuesday afternoon, he was being detained at the jail without bail being set.

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Izzy Mendalbaum
Izzy Mendalbaum
Apr 26, 2023

Thanks Joe for getting to the history of this dude up front. He's a convicted felon who chose to sell drugs and avoid capture. I do believe in rehabilitation, but let's not be saps here. Breaking probation should carry a whole lot of weight. Throw away the key on this one.

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So the obvious question again is...why was he out on the streets to begin with?

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Some criminals never learn. I’m for building more prisons

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