A Carroll County man accused of steering his pickup truck toward several sheriff’s deputies was taken into custody Tuesday night.
Three deputies had to dive out of the way to avoid being hit when Jason Scott Fletcher, 46, sped away as they approached him Monday outside a Dollar General, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities had been on the lookout for the Bowdon man, who had several warrants out for his arrest on felony charges of probation violation.
The incident set off a short vehicle pursuit on Ga. 16 that ended unsuccessfully when Fletcher and a passenger bailed out of the red Ford F-150 and ran off, the sheriff’s office said.
The passenger, identified as 21-year-old Dante Smith of Bowdon, was arrested Tuesday morning after he walked into the sheriff’s office to report his pickup truck, the same one authorities say was driven by Fletcher during the chase, was stolen.
“He didn't think we would know he was involved,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Ashley Hulsey told AJC.com. “He was scratched up and matched the description the deputies gave the night before.”
Smith is being held in the Carroll County Jail on charges of obstruction and possession of methamphetamine.
Fletcher was arrested in Villa Rica later Tuesday after investigators received tips that he was spotted there, Hulsey said.
“He attempted to run on foot at that time as well, but was successfully apprehended by deputies,” she said.
Fletcher is facing additional charges of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, obstruction, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of methamphetamine stemming from the Monday night incident. He is also being held in the county jail.
Bond had not been determined for either man as of Wednesday morning.
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