SOUTH­SIDE Sher­iff hunts for al­leged 'se­rial' dumper tires

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - COUNTY BY COUNTY - By J.D. Capelouto jd­[email protected]

A man ac­cused of il­le­gally dump­ing tires in south Ful­ton County al­most a year ago is now wanted for dump­ing 100,000 more tires in metro At­lanta.

And he now finds him­self on a most wanted list.

The Clay­ton County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice placed Don­ald Deon Lev­erette at No. 10 on its list of most wanted fugi­tives, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment Wed­nes­day. He joins nine peo­ple wanted for mostly vi­o­lent crimes.

Lev­erette first be­came wanted by Union City po­lice as far back as March, af­ter he al­legedly dumped 1,000 tires be­hind a sub­di­vi­sion, re­ported.

“We will not stop un­til we hunt you down and make sure that you pay the penalty for what you have caused in this com­mu­nity,” Union Ci t y Mayor Vince Williams said at the time.

Clay­ton of­fi­cials said Lev­erette has dumped 100,000 tires in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions. A spokesman for the state Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources could not say where or when the tires were found since the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing, but said in­ves­ti­ga­tors have been work­ing on the case “for many months.”

“There are mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions in Clay­ton and other coun­ties where we be­lieve the sus­pect has dumped tires,” Mark McKinnon told “There also could be ad­di­tional lo­ca­tions that have not been iden­ti­fied yet.”

The sher­iff ’s of­fice re­ferred to Lev­erette as a “se­rial” tire dumper, and said they ob­tained two felony war­rants for his ar­rest. That’s on top of the two mis­de­meanor war­rants for the al­leged tire dump­ing in Union City.

Lev­erette has been known to carry a hand­gun and should be con­sid­ered armed and dan­ger­ous, the sher­iff ’s of­fice said.

In Oc­to­ber, the DNR said 200,000 tires had been il­le­gal dumped in a wooded area in south Ful­ton County; Lev­erette was not pub­licly linked to that crime.


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