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Sheriff: Man in custody after 'one of deadliest chases'

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Brian Dismukes (Source: Evans Co. Sheriff's Office) Brian Dismukes (Source: Evans Co. Sheriff's Office)

A man accused in the beating and robbery of a Claxton man is in custody after a two-hour standoff.

Patrol cars blanketed Benny Cowart's yard as officers and SWAT teams canvassed Kennedy Bridge Road through the night and into Sunday morning.

They searched for Brian Dismukes, a suspect in the beating and robbery of a Claxton man in his own home last week.

"The man he beat up was a friend of mine from high school, a Vietnam veteran. He got hurt over there. Going after somebody in that situation is absolutely atrocious as far as I'm concerned," said neighbor Benny Cowart.

Investigators say Dismukes became the prime suspect in a burglary Saturday in Toombs County.

"This guy whose house was broken in to, he'd been working for him. He knew how he went to eat lunch at the same time everyday," said Alvie Kight Jr. of Toombs County.  

Before they could arrest Dismukes, he led them on a three county chase in a stolen car.

"I've got 36 years experience in law enforcement here, and that was about the deadliest chases I've seen. He was just a wild man when he was running from us," said Evans County Sheriff Randall Tippins.

The chase ended along Kennedy Bridge, with Dismukes hiding in a 1,000-acre forest.

Many folks in this closeknit community say they spent the evening on lockdown. They kept their homes seals up tightly, and calling to check on each other almost by the hour.

At first light, the SWAT team headed into the woods and chased him to a vacant trailer.

"The trooper SWAT team had to gas him. We were in about a two-hour standoff talking to him. They did an excellent job," Tippins said.

Finally, neighbors could relax when deputies drove past with Dismukes in the back seat. Now they and deputies are glad he's no longer on the loose.

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