Father flees; 2-year-old son, drugs left in vehicle, police say

A Hephzibah father remains in jail today after leaving his 2-year-old son in his car while he ran from deputies Thursday morning.

Alfonzo Lee Merriweather, 22, of the 2900 block of Celeste Drive, is charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and deprivation of a minor and various traffic charges, according to Richmond County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Gay.

A deputy stopped Mr. Merriweather’s vehicle on Martin Luther King Boulevard near Forrest Drive because his vehicle had no license plate. The suspect ran from the vehicle, leading deputies on a chase through several backyards before he was apprehended on Mercer Street, Lt. Gay said.

When they returned to the car, they found the suspect’s son alone inside the vehicle. Seven grams of cocaine were located in the vehicle and 10 small bags of marijuana weighting 9.4 grams were also seized.

Deputies notified the Department of Family and Child Services and the child was turned over to it’s mother, Lt. Gay said.

 

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