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Man arrested for dumping 200-300 scrap tires in Tyrone

A John’s Creek man was arrested on felony charges Wednesday in connection with the illegal dumping of 200-300 scrap tires on property in Tyrone.

Charles Ejemba, 44, of John’s Creek, was arrested at his home by John’s Creek Police on felony charges of unlawful dumping for commercial purposes and was transported to the Fayette County Jail, said Tyrone Police Chief Brandon Perkins.

Perkins said Tyrone Police had received a complaint on April 19 that a large quantity of used tires had been dumped on private property in the town limits and began an investigation. Officers at the scene found 200-300 scrap tires on property at a Spencer Lane address.

Perkins said evidence located in the pile of tires led police to Manheim Auto Auction in Red Oak and then to the suspect, who operates a scrap tire removal service.

“Aside from being unsightly and expensive to dispose of, scrap tires pose a public health risk because water pools inside them, making them a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes,” Perkins said.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division is also looking into charges that the suspect falsified state manifests and used another carrier’s ID number on the paperwork, Perkins said.

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