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TATTNALL CO., GA (WTOC) -
Fugitive Chad Dasher has been arrested in Tattnall County.
According to Chief Investigator Kevin Keyfauver, Tattnall County Sheriff's Office, at around 9:30 p.m. Monday, an incident was called in to Long County dispatch after a vehicle ran into a home, also striking several other vehicles.
Numerous tips came in after the crash, many indicating that Dasher may be in the area, and that is when the search for Dasher began. Several law enforcement agencies joined in the search throughout the night, including the Long County Sheriff's Office, Liberty County Sheriff's Office, Tattnall County Sheriff's Office, Glennville Police Department, U.S. Marshals and the State Patrol Aviation Team for aerial assistance.
Sometime between 3 and 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, authorities were able to isolate Dasher to a home in Glennville. Dasher fled out the back door and jumped into a nearby pond. He swam around for a while before deputies were able to take him into custody, but eventually Dasher surrendered without incident around 4 a.m.
"He was in the pond about 30 minutes and then he tired out and came over and surrendered to deputies," said Keyfauver. "We have put a lot of money into this and many other agencies have put a lot of funds in here and we are just happy we got this thing resolved."
Dasher's two oldest children were with him at the Glennville home at the time he fled. The boys were not injured and are safe. However, WTOC has learned that both of Dasher's sons were arrested in part due to obstruction of law enforcement during the attempt to arrest Dasher. Officials say at least one of the boys is a minor.
Dasher had been in jail since 2012 for a string of burglaries and weeks of running from the law. He escaped from jail in January and has been to Alabama and Texas, and now back to his home town of Tattnall County where he was arrested Tuesday morning.
Tattnall County Sheriff Quinton Rush spoke about Dasher's arrest.
"Was this a game to him? I do not know what he was thinking. I have known Chad for a long time and he would only surrender to me. That made me feel good that he knew I would not let anything happen to him," said Rush.
Dasher is currently at the Tattnall County Jail. His first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.
"He will now be supervised everywhere he goes, he will not be able to go back-and-forth and socialize with anyone else in the jail," says Keyfauver.
"We spent quite a bit of money fixing the problem that let him get out last time and trust me, it won't happen again," said Rush.
Right now, authorities are trying to locate the stolen truck Dasher was said to be driving. Anyone with information is asked to contact their local authorities.