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Authorities: Meth trafficking suspect captured after escaping hospital
Donnie Smith
Donnie Lee Smith

A Hall County man injured in a car crash escaped the hospital before being booked in to the jail for trafficking methamphetamine, according to authorities.

Donnie Lee Smith, 27, was arrested Thursday and faces multiple drug possession charges after eluding law enforcement.

Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad agents helped the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia State Patrol investigate a May 21 traffic accident.

Sgt. Don Scalia said Smith at that time had 5.5. ounces of methamphetamine and 7 grams of marijuana in multiple bags. Authorities reportedly also found $1,230 in cash, three handguns, packaging materials and scales.

“The approximate street value of all the drugs seized was $15,610,” Scalia wrote.

MANS agents worked to obtain warrants for Smith while he was in the hospital for injuries in the crash

“Mr. Smith subsequently escaped from the hospital before being booked on the outstanding warrants,” Scalia wrote.

The Sheriff’s Office and the MANS unit found Smith on Thursday at a home on Patterson Lane in Gainesville. Scalia said Smith at that time allegedly had 2 grams of methamphetamine, 10 oxycodone pills, two OxyContin pills and a morphine pill in his possession, valued at $720. Smith reportedly also had packaging materials, scales and a 9 mm handgun, Scalia wrote.

Smith was booked in to the Hall County Jail, where he remains.

He was charged with trafficking and possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possession of a gun by a felon and possession of a gun during the commission of a crime from the outstanding warrants. Smith was charged Thursday with possession of oxycodone, methamphetamine, morphine and oxycontin.