A fugitive wanted by North Carolina authorities fled into the woods near Brooklet on Wednesday morning, but Bulloch County sheriff’s deputies and K9 Officer Dutch captured him after a mile-long trek through the swamp.
Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown said his office received information from a North Carolina pardons and paroles officer that Dillon Clinton Collins, 26, of Sandy Creek Road, could be found at a residence on Brooklet-Denmark Road. Collins was wanted on several felony charges including breaking and entering and absconding from custody, he said.
When deputies approached the home Wednesday morning, Collins fled into a wooded area behind the residence. More sheriff’s deputies arrived to assist and “set up a perimeter,” with Cpl. Ryan Norton, his K9 partner Dutch and Cpl. Mark Guarino tracking Collins as he fled deeper into the woods, into swampy areas, Brown said.
After about a mile, Collins exited the woods onto Bell Road, where deputies took him into custody, he said.
Collins was charged with two counts of obstruction regarding his flight from deputies, and after adjudication for those charges, he will be extradited to North Carolina to face charges there, he said.