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POSTED: April 15, 2014 12:10 p.m.
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Chad Dasher, 38, was spotted several times in Texas, Alabama and Georgia while he was on the run from the law. He escaped from the Tattnall County jail Jan. 24.

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Chad Dasher, who had been on the run since escaping from the Tattnall County jail Jan. 24, was caught early Tuesday morning, according to Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles.

The sheriff said that at around 9 p.m. Monday his office got a call reporting Dasher at a residence on Wood Road, which is near Joe Kennedy Road. Nobles said when deputies got to the house they learned that Dasher’s wife and a friend were at the home, and an altercation had occurred between the friend and Dasher.

Nobles said Dasher had left before to their arrival. Dasher was driving a vehicle that he was believed to have stolen in Tattnall County. 

Nobles said that after gathering additional information a manhunt ensued with other law enforcement agencies and tracking dogs. The search led to a pond house on Brewton Road in Tattnall County, where Dasher and his two sons, ages 17 and 13, were found. Nobles said officers surrounded the residence. He said Dasher ran out and jumped into the pond, refusing to give up.

After about an hour, Dasher gave himself up. Nobles said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected. The sheriff said the arrest was a joint effort with his office, Tattnall and Liberty county sheriffs' office, the U.S. Marshall’s Office, and Georgia State Patrol.

Dasher, 38, escaped from the Tattnall County jail on Jan. 24 with fellow inmate Raymond Smith, 24. After an extensive manhunt, Smith was caught on Feb. 15 in Corsicana, Texas.

Dasher was originally arrested by the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office in 2012 and charged with theft by taking. More on this case will be provided by the Coastal Courier as it is learned.


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