Candler Co. deputies make arrest after man fled traffic stop

Candler Co. deputies make arrest after man fled traffic stop

CANDLER COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - Candler County deputies arrested a man they say fled a traffic stop on I-16 at 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

The deputy went to stop a driver for speeding. The sheriff says the driver took off, with the deputy in tow. They eventually left the interstate and jumped on a dirt road.

Deputies with Candler County lead a suspect into a car.
Deputies with Candler County lead a suspect into a car. (Source: Candler County Sheriff's Office)

Deputies say the suspect, Christopher Sheffield, crashed his car on Jerry’s Road in Aline and fled from the area on foot. Deputies, assisted by K-9 teams from the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, searched the area through the morning. The suspect was eventually found on a property that was west of the Metter Airport.

They believe he covered about three miles through the woods on foot.

“The interstate runs parallel to this road and the property that backs up to the airport,” said Sheriff John Miles. “So it’s likely that he was using I-16 as some kind of reference point as he was running through the woods.”

It ended just before noon, when Investigator Adrian Montealvo spotted Sheffield in the woods and arrested him. He’s facing charges of speeding, open container, fleeing and a previous warrant for assault in Richmond County, Georgia.

Sheriff Miles says Sheffield hasn’t made it to the jail yet. He’s at the hospital being treated for dehydration and possible exposure to the elements overnight during the chase.

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