A Colquitt County man arrested Monday evening after an all-day manhunt in the Hartsfield area was wanted on charges in three counties and reportedly had eluded law enforcement in several high-speed pursuits recently.

Timothy Dean Melton, 42, was captured at about 6:45 p.m. as he was coming out from under a bridge at the intersection of Riggs Store Road and Merritt Road in Colquitt County.

The hunt started about eight hours earlier when Melton’s vehicle was spotted from a Georgia State Patrol helicopter in a wooded area on Mitchell County Line Road. Melton fled on foot and eluded officers and dogs for the next eight hours.

The sheriff’s offices of Colquitt, Decatur and Mitchell County counties were assisted by police dogs from the Moultrie Police Department and Georgia Department of Corrections.

Law enforcement said that Melton had made a habit of eluding officers lately.

“In the last few weeks this offender has eluded officers by initiating chases that reached 120 miles per hour at times, going through traffic (and) leading to discontinuation of chases,” Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office reports said.

Melton has been jailed in Colquitt County on a probation violation charge. He also will face other charges in Decatur and Mitchell counties. Those charges were not immediately available.

 

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