SUSPECTS ASKS COPS TO SHOOT (2009)
"It's unbelievable. It was very dangerous for the public."
That's how Alpharetta Police spokesman George Gordon describes an early Friday morning high speed chase that ended with the suspect asking police to shoot him.
Gordon says one of his department's officers tried to pull over a weaving Mercedes on Windward Parkway around 1:45 am. But the driver, Thomas Lackey, of Marietta took off instead, turning south on Georgia 400 and hitting speeds of more than 130 miles an hour.
Lackey's Mercedes can be seen suddenly exiting off GA 400, narrowly missing another car, and turning right onto Old Milton Parkway. He soon loses control, crosses the median and continues driving on the wrong side of the road until his Mercedes sideswipes a police cruiser and crashes.
Ironically, the chase ends almost in front of the Alpharetta Police Headquarters.
Right after he wrecks, Lackey bolts from his damaged Mercedes, slams the door and charges toward officers who then tackle him to the ground. Other than sirens, there's no other audio on the video, but according to Gordon, his officers say Lackey shouted, "Shoot me! shoot me!" One of the officers uses a stun gun on him instead after Lackey refuses to quit fighting.
Now instead of just a DUI charge, Lackey also faces charges of fleeing, resisting arrest, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle and numerous traffic charges.