WARWICK, GA (WALB) - Worth County Sheriff's Deputies, Warwick Police, Georgia State Patrol, are some of the half a dozen agencies looking for a person who ran off during a traffic stop.
Warwick police chief Dustin Stephenson says Warwick Police were attempting to pull the car over after the tag came back as stolen, when the driver got out and ran into the woods on Georgia Highway 300 south of Warwick.
The car was stolen from Cordele, and a tag reader mounted on a police cruiser alerted the Warwick officer.
"She initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle kept going down the road and finally stopped here about mile marker 11 and the offender jumped out and took off running on foot," said Warwick Police Chief Dustin Stephenson.
The officer chased the man for a short distance through the woods but eventually stopped to wait for backup.
"You don't know if they have guns. You don't know if they're going to hurt you, if they're going to come in here and try to steal another vehicle or hurt an innocent bystander--somebody that's just at their house," said Chief Stephenson.
Several agencies did respond, but the suspect was well-hidden once they got there.
Cordele police spent a lot of the morning processing that car in hopes of getting a fingerprint to identify the man, but so far have had no luck.
"We have no idea right now," said Chief Stephenson.
The car was stolen a week ago and police have no leads on that crime either. Stephenson says the man never went above the speed limit. he just refused to stop.
"We're just trying to get him off the street and get him incarcerated to get him off the street because we don't want any innocent person getting hurt," said Chief Stephenson.
A helicopter was also called in to aid in the search.
The officers have been looking for the suspect since about 10:00 a.m. Someone spotted him at Highway 300 and Bundrick Moore Road, but law enforcers have not been able to apprehend him. If you see him, you're asked to call 911.