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Man flees traffic stop, hides in woods
MICHAEL LETRON HARRIS
Michael Latron Harris

A man fled from deputies Monday after being stopped for speeding, but a resident’s tip led officers to his hiding place in the woods, police said.
Bulloch County sheriff’s Cpl. Jody Deal pulled a white truck over near Georgia Highway 25 and Rocky Ford Road Monday afternoon, but driver Michael Latron Harris, 37, of Brown Road in Hephzibah, took off on foot, Sheriff Lynn Anderson said.
Dispatchers fielded calls as several officers from the sheriff’s office, Portal Police Department and other agencies responded to assist in the chase. A description of Harris included that he is a black male wearing a blue shirt, yellow “caution” vest, work jeans and a hat.
As searchers pursued Harris, the other two unidentified occupants of the truck left the scene and were later located near Jenkins County, according to emergency radio broadcasts. Anderson said they were released without charge.
After more than an hour seeking Harris, a resident gave deputies a tip that led them to where he was hiding in the woods near the area, behind J&T Food Mart, formerly known as Ruby Parrish’s store,  Anderson said.
They took him into custody, charged him with speeding, driving with a suspended license and obstruction, and took him to the Bulloch County Jail, where he remained Tuesday evening awaiting release. He was given a bond of $6,000, Anderson said.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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