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Roadblock runner captured after three hour manhunt

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Tompkins is a former Marine, trained in camouflage Tompkins is a former Marine, trained in camouflage

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

September 22, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - One driver ran from law enforcement at one of those law enforcement roadblocks early Saturday morning, starting a three hour rescue operation and manhunt.

The Georgia State Patrol says 27-year-old Timothy Ray Tompkins of Worth County turned around at a roadblock on North Jefferson, and ran from Troopers until he was stopped at the bridge on Old Leesburg Road.

Tompkins jumped into the water to escape,  and Troopers called the Albany Fire Department and Department of Natural Resources rescue boats. After three hours the GSP helicopter's heat detection camera spotted Tompkins hiding submerged in the water.

Troopers say they learned Tompkins is a former Marine trained in camouflage. He ran because he had a suspended driver's license and was wanted on a probation violation.

He is being held in the Dougherty County jail, charged with obstruction.

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