VALDOSTA — A Lake Park man was arrested early Tuesday morning after allegedly leading deputies on a high speed chase from Lowndes into Echols County.
At approximately 9:05 p.m., the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported domestic dispute in Lake Park between a man and a woman, according to incident reports.
“He had made threats against her and her son, threatening to kill them,” said Echols County Sheriff Randy Courson. “He flattened their tires with a knife, and then he left from the residence. Lowndes County was notified and a chase was initiated shortly after.”
LCSO deputies pursued the man on Georgia Highway 376 into Echols County.
“Speeds got up to around 100 m.p.h.,” Courson said. “Once they got into Echols County, one of my deputies was able to deploy stop sticks and pop both of the front tires on the suspect’s vehicle. He went about another two miles just driving with shredded tires on the rims.”
Near the intersection of Highway 376 and Highway 135, a LCSO deputy performed a pit maneuver on the vehicle, the driver lost control and he crashed into the woods nearby, Courson said.
“He ran on foot through the woods. We set up a perimeter, Lowndes brought their K-9 Unit, and we searched for two or three hours, but we were unsuccessful,” Courson said.
LCSO deputies reportedly returned to the scene of the crash around 3:30 a.m. to continue the search, said LCSO Lt. Stryde Jones.
“When they parked their car and walked down the road, they saw him standing at the edge of the tree line,” Jones said. “It got down around 30 degrees last night, so he was cold. They picked him up and brought him in.”
John Adam Rogers, 40, was charged with criminal damage to private property, simple assault-family violence, making terroristic threats, felony fleeing and attempting to elude, leaving the scene of an accident, speeding, reckless driving and multiple traffic violations, Jones said.
“The deputies did a fantastic job of ensuring the safety of the other motorists on the roadway,” Jones said. “Their persistence is what led to the arrest of this individual and made sure he was safe after being exposed to the elements over several hours."
Rogers is currently in the Lowndes County Jail.
Adam Floyd is a crime reporter at the Valdosta Daily Times.