This Press release was provided by the Auburn Police Department
On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, the Auburn Police Division arrested Damion D. Johnson, age 21 from Auburn on warrants charging him with Theft of Property First Degree (Auto), Criminal Mischief First Degree and Criminal Trespass Second Degree.
At about 2:45 a.m. Auburn Police responded to an alarm at an automobile dealership in the 2000 Block of S College Street. Responding officers quickly arrived and observed a 2009 Chevrolet Impala, crashing through a gate at the rear of the business. Officers pursued the vehicle north bound onto I-85 and initiated a traffic stop near mile marker 52. The vehicle swerved, struck a passing 18 wheeler, and left the roadway. The driver, identified as Johnson was immediately taken into custody.
Further investigation into the incident by Auburn Police revealed that Johnson was responsible for unlawfully entering the dealership’s fenced in property, causing damage to the building and gate and stealing the 2009 Impala that he used to flee from police. Detectives obtained warrants for his arrest and he was later transported to the Lee County Jail where he remains in custody on an $8,500 bond.