Prison escapee arrested in Georgia

Dasher had been on the run from authorities after escaping from a prison in Georgia.
Dasher had been on the run from authorities after escaping from a prison in Georgia.

TATTNALL COUNTY, GA (WAFF) - A fugitive from a Georgia prison has finally been arrested after weeks on the run.

According to Tattnall County Sheriff's Office, a vehicle ran into a home, hitting several other vehicles, around 9:30 p.m. Monday. After numerous tips came in, there were indications that Chad Dasher, who had escaped from prison, was possibly in the area, and the search began.

WTOC said several law enforcement agencies searched through the night, including multiple sheriff's offices, Glennville police, U.S. Marshals and the State Patrol Aviation Team for aerial assistance.

Authorities were able to isolate Dasher to a home around 3-3:30 a.m. He reportedly ran out the back door and jumped into a nearby pond, swimming around for a while before deputies arrested him around 4 a.m.

Dasher's two oldest children were with him at the home and were not injured. Officials said Dasher still had legal custody of his children despite his incarceration, so the incident is not being called a kidnapping.

Dasher had been in jail for a string of burglaries and had been on the run for weeks.

In February, Dasher was in New Hope during his run from the law, crashing a car after Madison County deputies attempted a traffic stop. Deputies were looking for two vehicles that could be in Dasher's possession, and two deputies were assigned to the southern part of the county to gather information on Dasher's whereabouts.

Three New Hope schools were put on partial lockdown during some of the manhunt.

He is waiting to be booked at the Tattnall County Jail. Authorities are trying to locate the stolen truck he was said to be driving.

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