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Alapaha manhunt ends with two arrests

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32 year-old Al Galbert 32 year-old Al Galbert

May 6, 2008

Alapaha - A Newton man is behind bars after leading Berrien County law enforcers on a five hour manhunt.

32 year-old Al Galbert is charged with possession of marijuana, aggravated assault on a police officer, fleeing and attempt to elude and speeding.

When a Berrien County deputy attempted to pull him over for speeding Tuesday morning, Galbert took off.

He led police on a high speed chase through Alapaha during the morning rush hour.

He then ditched his van and ran into the woods after the deputy shot out one of his tires. 

"He got out to make contact with the driver and the driver put the vehicle in reverse and reversed the vehicle in a reckless manner trying to run over the deputy. The deputy fired two shots to disable the vehicle," says Berrien County Sheriff Anthony Heath.

The K-9 unit from Lowndes County and a helicopter team from the State Patrol assisted in the manhunt.

Also arrested was 32 year-old Marlon Hawkins of Albany. He was the passenger in the van and did not run from police.

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