A traffic stop by a Georgia State Patrol Nighthawk trooper ended in a foot chase and drug arrests Wednesday.
Timothy Reynolds Burke, 24, Ga. 46, and Scott Edward Collins, 22, Sandy Creek Farms Road, Pembroke, were in a white Ford Mustang near the intersection of Nevils-Daisy and Nevils-Groveland Roads around 5:40 p.m. Wednesday when Trooper First-Class John Priest noted they were not wearing seatbelts.
Upon further observation, Priest saw the driver, Burke, was not maintaining his lane, according to reports. He activated his blue lights in order to stop the car, and when Burke stopped, both he and Collins fled on foot, he said.
Priest exited his patrol car and gave chase, and after a brief run apprehended Burke. A "concerned local citizen" who observed the incident followed Collins, and cornered him, holding him at bay until a Bulloch County Sheriff's deputy responding to assist took Collins into custody.
After both men were apprehended, Priest and other responding law enforcement officers searched the Mustang and found "components for making methamphetamine" as well as marijuana, he said.
The ingredients for making meth were turned over to Bulloch County Drug Suppression Team Capt. Rick Rountree. Both Collins was charged with criminal attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, marijuana possession, obstruction of an officer, probation violation and seat belt violation.
Burke was charged with criminal attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, marijuana possession, DUI, failure to maintain lane, tinted window violation and seat belt violation.
Both men were taken to the Bulloch County Jail to await bond hearings.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 912-489-9414.