Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mickey Rountree attempted to initiate a traffic stop this morning at approximately 7:46 a.m. in the 6500 block of Grubb Road. The driver, identified as Jerry Abernathy, accelerated his speed but lost control and crashed his vehicle. He jumped from the vehicle, refusing to cooperate with verbal commands made by the deputy. The suspect ran into the woods eluding the deputies. A search grid was set up and K-9 Officer Donnie Myrick and his partner Falco was called to the scene to assist deputies with the search.
The search area widened and deputies found that the suspect attempted to break into two homes, one was empty but the other residence was occupied. The search continued for several hours, with deputies combing the wooded area off Dayton Blvd. The search was called off as the identity of the suspect was known to law enforcement and warrants were being obtained.
Approximately one hour later, residents in the area spotted the suspect and deputies were again called to the scene. He was seen by Corporal Jamie Fields coming out of the woods close to a convenience store but ran when he saw the officer. Corporal Fields initiated a foot chase and a short time later some construction workers called to say the suspect was in the house they were building. As Corporal Fields approached the house, the suspect attempted to run but was caught and arrested.
Jerry Abernathy will be charged with Felony Evading, Felony Operating a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment, Outstanding warrant for Child Support and additional charges are pending.