Police: 3 Pittsfield men jailed in Georgia after kidnapping officer, high-speed chase
MARIETTA, Ga. — Three men from Pittsfield were arrested in Marietta, Ga., on Thursday morning after they kidnapped a police officer and led others on a high-speed chase through the city, according to local police.
At 7:30 p.m., Cory Moody, Eyzaiya Moody and Walter Gadson Jr. were traveling in a Ford Fusion at Delk Road and Franklin Gateway in Marietta when local Officer Brian Wallace pulled the car over for a traffic violation, according to a statement released by the department Thursday.
During his initial encounter, Cory Moody, who was driving, appeared to cooperate with Wallace, but the officer thought his "body language seemed odd" and asked him to come out of the car, according to the statement.
Wallace also noted that he smelled marijuana in the vehicle and called for backup to assist in a search of the car, the statement said.
When a sergeant arrived and approached the car to assist Wallace, Moody tried to get back into his car, prompting both police officers to remove him from the car, almost pulling him completely out of the Fusion, before a passenger put it in drive. The sergeant fell to the ground, but Wallace was trapped in the Fusion throughout the chase, according to the statement.
Both Moodys and Gadson wrestled with Wallace inside their vehicle at speeds up to 71 mph, through congested roads, muddy dirt roads, and rough terrain for more than a mile, according to police.
Halfway through the alleged kidnapping, Wallace closed the driver's-side door so he wouldn't be thrown from the car into traffic, according to police.
One of the men left the car before it stopped and was later apprehended by officers and a K-9 team, according to a statement.
Marietta Police identified the men in their statement as "gang members." Two handguns that were thrown from the car were recovered, according to the statement.
Both Moodys and Gadson were charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, simple battery, willful obstruction of a police officer and kidnapping, according to their Cobb County jail booking sheets.
Gadson, who was born in 1994, was held on $25,000 bail.
In addition to those charges, Eyzaiya Moody, who was born in 1983 and has a Mebane, N.C., address, faces possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana, and possession of a knife or firearm during the commission of a crime. He was held without bail, according to his booking sheet.
Cory Moody, who was born in 1989 and also is being held without bail, also was charged with violating a traffic control device, possession of under an ounce of marijuana and obstruction of an intersection, the documents say.
"I could not be prouder of the group of Marietta Police Officers who were engaged in this situation," Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn said in a written statement. "Because they are so highly trained, self-disciplined and well-coordinated they were able to end this extremely dangerous situation without anyone being injured or killed; officer or suspects."
When reached Friday, Marietta Police spokesman Officer Charles McPhilamy confirmed that the men are in custody, but declined to comment further than the statement released Thursday.
Both Moodys and Gadson have a history of violent and often public crimes in Pittsfield dating back at least a decade.
In 2009, Cory Moody was arrested and faced charges that he shot a man as he stood in front of a West Side building where children were playing.
In 2013, Gadson pleaded guilty to charges that he stabbed and robbed a teen of $5.
The same year, Eyzaiya Moody led members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force on a high-speed chase that ended in the Taconic High School parking lot during classes. He pleaded guilty to related charges several months later.
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