A second suspect in a Tuesday night burglary was apprehended late Wednesday afternoon after an hours-long search with a helicopter and tracking dogs, said Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown. Deputies took the first suspect into custody Tuesday evening following a 10-mile chase.
Around 7 p.m. Tuesday, deputies were called to Cliponreka Road near Old River Road, where a man reported the possible burglary of a vacant home. Upon arrival at the scene, Bulloch County sheriff's Deputy William Sims and Deputy Clint Campbell saw a white SUV pulling a trailer and gave pursuit in an effort to stop the driver, later determined to be Coleton Clyde Little, 20, of Stephens-Little Road in Register.
Little fled at a high rate of speed for more than 10 miles, running several stop signs at multiple intersections, Brown said.
"The driver was very reckless while fleeing and put many lives at risk of injury during pursuit," he said.
Deputies followed Little, who eventually turned down B and B Road, which is a dead-end road, and forced him to a stop.
Little was taken into custody, but a passenger in the SUV fled on foot, resulting in a search that involved the Georgia State Patrol Aviation Unit (helicopter), Reidsville State Prison K9 units and a certified tracking bloodhound owned by Statesboro resident Michael Duncan, Brown said. Both Bulloch County Sheriff's Office K9s, Max and Gismo, were away for training, said Capt. Todd Hutchens.
The search, centered around the Old River Road area between Lakeview and Rocky Ford roads, was called off early Wednesday morning but resumed late Wednesday. It was then that the investigation led deputies to find the suspect, Robert Lee Presgraves, a man “in his early 30s” from Uvalda, asleep in an abandoned mobile home at an undisclosed location, Hutchens said.
Presgraves is charged with burglary, fleeing/attempt to elude and obstruction.
Little is charged with second-degree felony burglary, fleeing/attempt to elude, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, drugs not in original container, reckless driving, aggressive driving, stop sign violation, failure to maintain lane, speeding, criminal trespass and a host of other traffic violations.
Both suspects are being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail.
Brown said he wanted to “extend appreciation to the Georgia State Patrol, the Georgia State Prison K9 unit and to Michael Duncan and his K9, Red, for all their assistance in this case.”
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon maybe reached at (912) 489-9414.