A man deputies said had just burglarized a home in a U.S. Highway 80 West subdivision almost struck a patrol car when fleeing from deputies.
Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said Kendrick Deon Heath, 40, of Cain Street in Waynesboro, was leaving the Rolling Woods subdivision just before noon Thursday when he encountered responding deputies answering a call from witness reporting him as suspicious.
When deputies tried to stop Heath, driving a black Buick regal, he fled, coming close to striking a deputy’s car, Anderson said.
Heath drove eastbound in the westbound lane before driving into a ditch, and deputies boxed him in, Anderson said.
After taking Heath into custody, deputies found burglary tools and suspected crack cocaine in his car. They checked the subdivision and discovered a house had been burglarized, he said.
Heath was charged with first-degree burglary, cocaine possession, aggravated assault on a peace officer, possession of burglary tools, fleeing and attempt to elude, obstruction and an array of other traffic offenses.
Heath is also wanted in Richmond and Burke counties.
He is being held without bond because he is wanted, the nature of his crimes and his extensive criminal record, Anderson said.
According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Heath was convicted of crimes including drug violations, criminal attempt to commit burglary, fleeing and eluding, several counts of criminal interference with government property, theft by receiving stolen property, and other charges in counties listed above as well as Tattnall and Jenkins counties.
He was incarcerated for those crimes from 1993 to 1997; again from 2000 to 2010; and from February to October 2012.
Anderson said Heath’s capture was due to the citizen who “took note of the suspicious vehicle and contacted” law enforcement. “This enabled deputies to apprehend Heath before he was able to commit any further crimes.”
Anyone with information about this or other crimes is asked to contact Inv. Walter Deal at (912) 764-1788, or submit an anonymous tip to email@example.com.