Jeremy Cruse
Photo: Gilmer County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Gilmer County Sheriff's Office

Search continues for man who escaped police chase in Gilmer County

Authorities are still on the lookout for a wanted man the day after he led law enforcement officers on a chase and took off running into a wooded area. 

The sheriff’s offices in Gilmer and Walton counties are looking for 34-year-old Jeremy Cruse, who jumped out of a red Ford Fusion after a police chase and escaped capture Tuesday afternoon. 

All hospitals and nursing homes near Gentry Drive in Gilmer County were placed on lockdown Tuesday while deputies searched the area, authorities said. Nearby schools, including Gilmer High School, Gilmer Middle School and Mountain View Elementary School, were put on high alert.

Gilmer County deputies, Ellijay police officers and Georgia State Patrol troopers tried to pull over Cruse, who has an outstanding felony warrant out of Walton County, the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post. According to Walton County authorities, Cruse is wanted on a probation violation.

After leading authorities to Gentry Drive, authorities said Cruse hopped out of the Ford behind the Gilmer Nursing Home and Emergency Room and allegedly ran into a wooded area. A passenger in Cruse’s car, Cristy Shetter, was taken into custody, according to the Gilmer sheriff’s office. 

Shetter is being held in the Gilmer County jail Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of obstruction.

Officials said they don’t believe Cruse is still in the area, but officers were stationed near the schools Wednesday morning as a precaution. 

Anyone who sees Cruse is asked not to approach him and call 911.

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