As dusk fell Wednesday, law enforcement officers continued to search for a fugitive in Evans County.
Chad Dasher, wanted for burglaries and a car theft in Tattnall and Evans counties, fled on foot after crashing a stolen black Ford Focus Wednesday afternoon near Mount Pleasant Church and Rogers Bridge roads in Evans County, Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Rusty Rankin said.
Dasher’s age and address were not immediately available Wednesday evening, as deputies and other law enforcement officials were still at the scene searching for Dasher, according to an Evans County sheriff’s office spokesperson.
Evans County officials contacted Georgia State Patrol Post 45 Wednesday afternoon asking for help in pursuing Dasher. Trooper 1st Class J. Miller attempted to stop the car in which Dasher was driving and Dasher crashed into the wood line, Rankin said.
As Dasher fled on foot, state troopers and other law enforcement officials who responded to assist set up a perimeter. According to emergency radio broadcasts, Dasher was spotted several times, once as he tried breaking into a storage building near Nevils-Daisy Road. Rankin said the homeowners confronted him, and he ran.
Reidsville State Prison K-9 units responded and picked up Dasher’s trail several times, and officers reported finding footprints on more than one occasion.
However, Dasher evaded pursuers, and the search continued into the evening.
Evans County Sheriff Randall Tippins was at the scene and was not immediately available for comment, but another Evans County Sheriff’s Office spokesman confirmed Dasher was wanted for burglaries and vehicle theft.
Rankin said several firearms and other items believed to have been stolen were recovered from the Ford Focus before it was towed from the scene. Dasher reached speeds in excess of 120 mph during the pursuit.
In addition to warrants for the burglaries and auto theft, Dasher faces charges from the Georgia State Patrol including felony fleeing/attempt to elude and other traffic violations, he said.
Anyone with information regarding Dasher’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Evans County Sheriff’s Office at (912) 739-1611.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.