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Fleeing escapee strikes deputy with car
Suspect facing multiple charges
Steven James Yount
Steven James Yount

A Bulloch County man struck a sheriff’s deputy with his car Monday as he fled from court after being sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Bulloch County sheriff’s Deputy Craig Coleman was injured and sought treatment, but is now back on full duty, said Sheriff Noel Brown.

Coleman was working Monday in the Bulloch County State Court when Judge Gary Mikell sentenced Steven James Yount, 24, to spend 30 days in the Bulloch County Jail as a result of a conviction for speeding, suspended licensed and fleeing/attempt to elude stemming from a November 2017 incident, he said.

After Mikell handed down the sentence, Coleman escorted Yount to a holding area, since he had been remanded into custody. As Coleman patted Yount down to check for weapons or contraband, Yount broke away and ran out of the courthouse to his vehicle, which he had driven to court that day, Brown said.

Coleman gave chase and called other deputies for backup. Before he reached his patrol car, Yount struck Coleman with his vehicle as he sped away, he said.

Statesboro police and Georgia State Patrol troopers joined the pursuit as deputies searched for Yount. He was located after less than 30 minutes of freedom, found near his Hodges Circle home, he said.

Yount was taken to the jail, where he now faces more charges that will likely result in a much longer sentence than 30 days.

Yount is charged with felony escape, aggravated assault against a peace officer,  probation violation, felony obstruction,  misdemeanor obstruction, criminal trespass, suspended license, failure to bring vehicle to a stop when ordered, hit-and-run, aggressive driving, and with a bench warrant.

He is being held without bond facing further court action, according to jail records.

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489–9414.

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