CONYERS -- A man suspected of selling at least seven stolen vehicles for scrap was arrested by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.
Lynnard Phillip Bendross, 28, of 605 Treecrest Parkway, Decatur, was arrested Dec. 31 by the RCSO. He faces seven counts of felony theft by receiving stolen property in Rockdale County and similar charges in DeKalb County.
Bendross allegedly sold at least one of the cars, a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville reported stolen in Lithonia, to Newell's Recycling in Conyers in August. He reportedly received a check for $546 for the car.
In other crime news, the RCSO arrested a Conyers man Dec. 30 after he allegedly tried to elude a deputy and hit another driver at Flat Shoals Road and Old Salem Road.
According to an incident report, John David Slaughter, 46, of 3345 Salem E. Drive, was charged with DUI-alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident with injury or damage, defective equipment, fleeing and attempting to elude an officer and willful obstruction of an officer.
A deputy reported that he spotted a white Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Slaughter at about 11:20 p.m. on Interstate 20 and noticed that the vehicle was changing lanes frequently. The deputy followed the car as it exited at Ga. Highway 138 and noticed that the vehicle's tag lights were out. The deputy attempted a traffic stop, but the suspect allegedly pulled into the Krystal parking lot and continued out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed.
The deputy then saw that the vehicle had cut through the TJMaxx parking lot and exited on Flat Shoals Road. The deputy was instructed to discontinue the chase, but a short time later was informed that a car matching the suspect vehicle description had been involved in a hit and run at Flat Shoals and Old Salem roads.
The Mercury was found behind a church in the area of Flat Shoals and Old Salem. The driver had fled but was located in the back yard of a nearby house and arrested.