Drugs and guns found in barbershop after crash
Police found guns and drugs in the west Atlanta barber shop struck Thursday afternoon by a stolen vehicle.
Five people were injured in the wreck, caused by an alleged car thief fleeing police.
But officers checking the well-being of the victims got more than they bargained for, Atlanta police spokesman Officer James Polite said.
"While rendering aid to the victims inside of the business ... detectives discovered about a half pound of marijuana and a handgun," Polite said.
The incident began around 1 p.m., when a man driving a black Pontiac Vibe sped away after an officer noticed the sports wagon was stolen and signaled for the driver to pull over, police said.
The front of the black Pontiac Vibe was visible about 30 feet into the building, a one-story wooden and brick structure adorned with burglar bars wedged into the triangular intersection of Donald Lee Holowell Parkway and Hollywood Road.
Rescuers used metal braces to shore up the building so it wouldnÃ¢Â€Â™t collapse as they plucked out survivors.
Despite the mayhem, no one was seriously injured.
Ã¢Â€ÂœNone of the injuries are particularly life-threatening,Ã¢Â€Â said Deputy Chief Calvin Moss, of the Atlanta Police Department.
But when police found the drugs and gun in the shop, the uninjured shop owner Antonio Jones, 42, was arrested.
Police obtained a search warrant and found another five ounces of marijuana, an unspecified amount of crack cocaine and a second handgun, Polite said.
Others arrested at the shop include 37-year-old Angilo Baugh and 30-year-old Jon Williams, authorities said.
Assistant Atlanta Fire Chief Chris Wessels said four of the injured were inside the building and one was the Vibe driver.
He said one person was critically injured while the others sustained moderate or minor injuries. He would not go into detail, saying only that they were Ã¢Â€Âœthe type of traumatic injuries you would suspect.Ã¢Â€Â
Moss said the crash did not result from a high-speed pursuit. He said he was listening to the police radio at the time Ã¢Â€Â“ it was around 1 p.m. -- and heard the pursuing officerÃ¢Â€Â™s supervisor cancel the chase.
By then, the officer, whoÃ¢Â€Â™d spotted the Vibe at Donald Lee Holowell and Northside Drive, about three miles away from the crash site, had called for backup units.
Witnesses noted several units converging on the scene moments after the crash.
Jay Brown, 32, said he saw the vehicle hit a parked car. Ã¢Â€ÂœHe lost control, bounced off the Crown Victoria, and went into the shop,Ã¢Â€Â said Brown, who said he was walking near the intersection at the time.
Willie Turner, 47, said he was stopped at the intersection in his car when he saw the Vibe coming at him "at 100 miles per hour."
Turner said the driver threaded the Vibe between a pillar that reads "Welcome to Grove Park" and a utility pole before clipping the Crown Victoria and smashing into the building.
"It sounded like a bomb exploding," said Turner, who believes the Vibe would have gone completely through the building if it had not lost speed when it hit the other car.
Turner said cops arrived seconds later and chased the suspect on foot across Hollywood Road and caught him in nearby wooded area.
Tremayne Smith, 28, could have been among the inured, but he was late for work.
Smith normally starts at the barbershop, Hair Masters, before noon. But on Thursday he had an errand involving his young son.
He said four of the injured were his colleagues. He saw the rescuers taking them out. Ã¢Â€ÂœThey were hurt pretty bad,Ã¢Â€Â he said.
Another witness to the accident, Shannon Strong, told WSB-TV that after the crash he heard screaming. He ran inside the business and helped pull debris off some of the injured.
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