Pole and police end residential chase

Police searching for the suspect after the chase. / Colby Gallagher

The Albany Police Department assisted the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit in searching for a suspect that was on the run from officers Monday afternoon.

The search for the man, identified as 28-year-old Vincent Jackson Jr. focused around the Gillespie Avenue and West Whitney Avenue area around 1:30 p.m. after he hit a light pole and fled on foot.

Major Bill Berry with the ADDU says the initial chase began when an officer was alerted that a tag violation on Jackson's car. When the officer tried to pull Jackson over, he sped off reaching speeds up to 80 m.p.h. in residential neighborhoods.

Neighbors say they were outside their homes on West Whitney Avenue when they say they heard a loud noise and saw Jackson hit the pole and run.

They say Jackson jumped over an air conditioning unit and scaled a fence into the backyard of a home before he was caught by officers a block away.

Investigators say they found $637 dollars in small bills on Jackson and a short while later found a gun and 19 bags of pot in the area he ran through. Inside the vehicle, which has been towed as evidence, spare bullets were found that matched the .38 caliber gun.

Jennifer Brown, Jackson's mother, said that her son has never had a drug charge in his life and that he only ran from police because he got scared.

Brown adds that the highly dangerous chase could have injured or killed her son or someone else and she doesn't agree with how officers handled it. Brown says she doesn't believe the drugs belong to her son and maintains his innocence.

Jackson was previously arrested for theft by receiving stolen property and obstruction of an officer and completed his probation last September, causing him to face additional charges.

ADDU officials say that Jackson faces charges of improper tag, stop sign violation, driving on wrong side of the road, driving on suspended license, red light violation, reckless driving, felony fleeing/attempting to elude, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and speeding. Other charges are pending.

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