JEFFERSONVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — Authorities arrested a man in Twiggs County after he tried to steal multiple vehicles in an attempt to escape law enforcement officers.
Deputies say the incident happened on April 25 around 3 a.m.
Georgia State Patrol troopers tried stopping a vehicle speeding East on I-16 near exit 6 in Bibb County. A short pursuit happened before the driver, Gabriel Zechariah Lanier, exited the vehicle and ran into a wooded area on I-16. Authorities say he was carrying a gun.
Twiggs County Sheriff’s deputies aided in the search for Lanier. Deputies saw him walking on Sgoda Road at I-16 near the Marathon store.
Authorities say when deputies approached Lanier, he ran into a wooded area behind the Marathon store on I-16. Lanier stole a work truck and crashed it into a fence before it got stuck in the mud.
Then, deputies say Lanier went to another residence where he took a golf cart. He ran the golf cart into a ditch and abandoned it.
Deputies say Lanier attempted to take several other vehicles as he tried to leave the area.
Authorities later discovered that the Lanier stole a bicycle and left it at the Marathon store on Sgoda Road.
Authorities located Lanier in a wooded area on Marion Road in Twiggs County. Troopers searched him and found illegal narcotics, currency, and magazines for several guns.
Twiggs County deputies charged Lanier with the following:
- (3) counts of theft by taking
- (4) counts Criminal trespass
- (1) count Criminal Damage to Property
- (2) counts of entering autos with intent to commit a theft
- (1) count of Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer.