On March 19, police say Herman Lee Lawson of Atlanta entered an apartment building on Cumberland Parkway in Smyrna at about 10:45 a.m. and stole several items. According to a police report, a neighbor observed Lawson entering the building and called 911, and police spotted Lawson driving less than a mile from the scene. A short chase ensued.
Police say the car Lawson was driving, a 2004 Chrysler Intrepid, was stolen from the mother of Lawson’s children.
According to police, after fleeing from officers pursuing him and driving 60 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone, Lawson crashed into a fence on Orchard Road at Paces ferry Road, but not before hitting a police car on the way.
The police report states the officer inside the car was injured when his airbag deployed.
According to an arrest warrant, Lawson was charged with first-degree burglary, theft by receiving, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, hit and run, obstruction of law enforcement and driving on a suspended license.