SCSO: Gang member previously banished from county arrested on meth charges

STAFF REPORT :::

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office reports that vehicle and foot pursuit resulted in the arrest of two felons, one of whom is a “known Ghost Face Gangster gang member.”

According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, personnel of the SCSO Special Operations Division and C.A.G. E. Unit on Jan. 22 observed 29-year-old Douglas Briggs and 31-year-old William “Bo” Breland in a vehicle at the Super Foods convenience store at Old Atlanta and Vineyard roads.

Agents knew both Briggs and Breland are on active felony probation, and that as part of his sentence, Breland had been banished from the Griffin Judicial Circuit “due to his extensive criminal history involving firearms, methamphetamine and criminal street gang involvement,” officials said.

That banishment makes Breland’s presence in Spalding County a crime.

“As Agents pulled up, the driver, identified as Briggs and the passenger identified as Breland, immediately fled in the vehicle. Agents initiated a pursuit which lasted less two miles before Briggs hit a curb while attempting to turn onto Manley Road from Highway 19/41. The impact resulted in the vehicle becoming inoperable. Briggs and Breland exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot,” Dix said. “Briggs was captured immediately at the vehicle. Breland was captured after a short foot pursuit as he attempted to fight one of the C.A.G.E. Deputies and as a result was shot with a Taser. After being handcuffed, Breland was once again found to be in possession of methamphetamine.”

Both subjects are currently being held without bond in the Spalding County Jail.

Breland is facing charges of violation of probation, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Briggs has been charged with violation of probation, fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving, failure to obey a traffic control device, failure to maintain a lane, failure to signal lane change and windshield requirement.

“Breland and Briggs have been convicted of serious felony charges in Spalding County, and both have been given chances to stop violating the law and turn their lives around. Based on Breland’s criminal history, he was banished by a Superior Court Judge as a part of his sentencing and ordered to not return to Spalding County or this judicial circuit. He has again demonstrated his flagrant disregarded of the law by violating that order,” Dix said. “Breland has also fled from deputies’ multiple times in the past on foot and in vehicles and captured. He’s not very fast and not very good at being a convicted gang banging drug dealer. Our hope that while in the State of Georgia’s prison system he will have a long time to reflect and learn a new trade that will better fit his skill set by the time he finishes his sentence.”

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