LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - Leesburg residents are on edge as police search for 31-year-old Timothy Rowland of Oglethorpe, GA after he stole a police car and abandoned it, before running into the woods.
Rowland had his 10-year-old son in the vehicle when he was stopped at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday during a Labor Day roadblock on the downtown intersection of Court House Avenue and 4th Street.
Rowland was cuffed and his vehicle was searched after officials found he had a suspended license.
While in the back of the squad car, Rowland slid out of the handcuffs, jumped out the back window, and got into the driver's seat during the search.
After stealing the police car, Rowland attempted to run over two officers. He drove the car about 500 meters away near Wooden Grove Baptist Church on the intersection of East 1st Street and N. Smithville Road, and ran into the woods. Crisp County K9 units were then brought in to aid in the search.
Rufus Sherman, a chairman at the church, got a call that something was going on near there. All Sherman could see were police lights as he checked his church.
Leesburg police have issued 8 warrants for Rowland that include two counts of aggravated assault on an officer, theft by taking of government property and cruelty to children.
Rowland's son was returned to his mother. Sherman hopes the community is safe while the search continues and is confident in police.
If you see Rowland, please contact the Leesburg Police Department at (229) 759-6464.