Arrest made in Dollar General burglary

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Ronald Lee Taylor, 32, of Salem, was arrested Dec. 13 following a short pursuit.

On Dec. 13, a Dollar General employee in Salem reported a theft from the store. The employee said the perpetrator stole two cell phones and was heading east on Hwy. 62 in a dark colored Chrysler 300 with paper tags.

Fulton County Deputy Skyler Davison observed the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. Davison was unable to make contact due to the aggressive driving of Taylor. Taylor drove through a red stoplight, endangering other drivers and pedestrians. The vehicle eventually came to stop, with Taylor placing his hands above his head and stated he was done being stupid.

Taylor said he was addicted to stealing and when asked about why he was acting nervous, he stated “he had been doing methamphetamine earlier in the day.” During the search of his vehicle, a white crystalline substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine and the phones in question, along with several items with security tags attached.

Charges filed against Taylor were: theft of $1,000 or less (misdemeanor A), fleeing in a vehicle (class D felony), DWI – drugs, failure to yield, possession of drug paraphernalia for use of methamphetamine or cocaine (class D felony), disregarding traffic control device, driving on a suspended license and possession of controlled substance methamphetamine or cocaine (class D felony). His bond was set at $20,000.

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