BLACKSHEAR — A man was arrested Wednesday night after he assaulted two police officers in Blackshear and fled in a vehicle, taking officers on a short chase and finally jumping out of his car and getting away on foot, said Blackshear Police Chief Chris Wright.
Jerold Larry Herrin, 29, was eventually arrested at his home on Bethany Lane in Waycross, Wright said, and was being held in the Pierce County jail this morning charged with two counts of aggravated assault on police officers, driving with a suspended license, weaving, felony fleeing and attempting to elude, felony obstruction of an officer, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana, said Wright.
Sgt. Charlie Wichman saw Herrin’s vehicle weaving across the centerline on U.S. 84 at 9:44 p.m. and made a traffic stop about 5 miles east of the Ware County line, said Wright. He said Wichman identified the driver and discovered that his license was suspended.
Wichman and a second officer who had arrived, Robbie Gill, asked Herrin to step out of his car but he refused. The officers reached to unbuckle his seatbelt and to force him out of the car when “… he put the car in drive and peeled away with the officers inside the car” and headed toward Ware County, Wright said, adding that the officers were not injured.
Wright said the driver turned onto Hacklebarney Road and stopped his car in front of a house where “he bailed out and fled on foot.”
Ware County Sheriff’s Department officers were dispatched to the area with tracking dogs but the dogs lost the scent of the man, Wright said.
Wright said later in the evening Ware County deputies went to his home on Bethany Lane and took him into custody without further incident.
Inside the man’s car, lawmen found methamphetamine, crystal meth and marijuana, Wright said.