When deputies approached, investigators say, 42-year-old Bobby Lee Dixon leaned his foot into the accelerator and steered toward a detective.
But almost as soon as he started, Dixon stopped, about 8 feet in front of his target. Murray County Sheriff's Office Detective Shannon Ramsey said a group of about six deputies then drew their weapons, pointed them at Dixon and pulled him out of his Ford Expedition.
Inside, they said, they found drugs.
Ramsey said the deputies had come to Dixon's home, located at 2396 Symrna Ramhurst Road in Chatsworth, Ga., around 8:45 a.m. Monday to help probation officers check on him. According to Georgia Department of Corrections records, Dixon was convicted of possessing counterfeit drugs in Murray County in 2009.
Deputies knocked on Dixon's door, but nobody answered. So they walked to the back of the home, where they found him in his SUV. Immediately, Ramsey said, Dixon took off.
After he halted his car in front of the detective, the investigators pulled Dixon and a friend, 34-year-old Joshua Jonathan Densmore, out of the vehicle. In the back seat, Ramsey said, investigators found about 5 ounces of methamphetamine and 11 pills of Clonazepam.
Authorities charged Dixon with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and aggravated assault of a police officer. In all, Ramsey estimated that Dixon drove about 3 or 4 feet before pounding the brakes.
"Vehicles are weapons, too," the detective said. "At that point, it escalated pretty quick."
After investigators found the drugs, Ramsey said neither Dixon nor Densmore would admit to owning them. The sheriff's office also charged Densmore with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance.
Both men remained in Murray County Jail without bond on Thursday morning.
Ramsey said he didn't know why Dixon had hopped in his car Monday morning in the first place, as opposed to just meeting the probation officers in his home.
"He told us that [Densmore's] vehicle had broken down and that's where they were going," Ramsey said. "But I don't know if that was the truth."
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