A Statesboro man led deputies on a miles-long chase Friday after refusing to pull over for a traffic stop.
According to Bulloch County sheriff’s reports, Carl William Andrus, 30, was driving in a turn lane on Highway 80 East near Amanda Road Friday afternoon when Deputy Michael Wade Lewis switched on blue lights and his siren in an attempt to pull Andrus over.
When Andrus refused to stop, it resulted in an hours-long pursuit over miles of county roads, ending after Andrus abandoned his damaged Chevrolet Avalanche and fled on foot.
Deputies, assisted by Georgia State Patrol Post 45 troopers and the GSP Aviation unit, called off the chase after a sheriff’s department K9 and a helicopter pilot failed to locate the suspect.
Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown asks the public for assistance in locating Andrus, he said.
Although Andrus was wanted for traffic violations and not a violent crime, the sheriff explained the response regarding the fleeing suspect.
Andrus “intentionally and without regard to the safety of the public and law enforcement, drove recklessly and aggressively on paved highways and dirt roads until such time as his vehicle was disabled by driving through a pine tree field,” he said.
When his Avalanche became undriveable, Andrus ditched the truck and fled on foot. Deputies deployed one of the department’s K9 units and called for a helicopter, but the dog did not locate the suspect and “due to dense vegetation around where Andrus fled, view from the air was very limited,” Brown said.
During the pursuit, a Bulloch County sheriff’s deputy wrecked and some patrol cars were damaged in the pine tree thicket, BCSO Capt. Todd Hutchens said. No injuries were reported.
Andrus’ charges racked up as the chase unfolded, with some felony charges including traffic violations such as improper use of a turn lane, failure to signal turn or lane change, fleeing and attempt to elude, reckless driving, running a stop sign, driving in the wrong side of the road, suspended license, improper passing and aggressive driving, according to incident reports.
Warrants were issued for Andrus’ arrest.
The chase took deputies from the point of origin to several back roads around the Clito area, including Buck Creek and Clito roads as well as Highway 24 and the Beasley Road area.
“When someone is intentionally putting the citizens of Bulloch County and law enforcement at risk of injury, (I) will seek their arrest as quickly and safely as possible,” Brown stated in a press release issued Tuesday.
Several deputies participated in the pursuit, but many of them discontinued the chase when they lost sight of Andrus’ truck, he said.
Anyone with information on Andrus’ whereabouts is asked to contact Brown at (912) 764-8888.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.