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GPS Leads Deputies to Wanted Burglar

Troup County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a man on numerous burglary warrants thanks to some assistance from a GPS device in a government truck that he allegedly stole.

Tuesday morning about 8:42 a.m., 911 operators notified Troup County Sheriff’s Deputies that law enforcement in Opelika, AL had evidence that a stolen city government truck was possibly in Troup County.

Opelika authorities advised that the truck was stolen the previous night in Alabama and they had tracked it to the area of Hubbard Road and Mooty Bridge Road using a global positioning system that was installed on the vehicle.

Dispatchers notified both Sheriff’s Deputies and La-Grange Police and both agencies began looking for the vehicle.

Around 9 a.m., Sheriff’s Deputies located the vehicle traveling on South Cameron Mill Road toward LaGrange. A traffic stop was then initiated on the truck, but the driver sped up and refused to stop.

LaGrange Police then joined in the pursuit and tire deflation devices were deployed in an attempt to stop the truck. The “stop sticks” hit and deflated the front left tire of the truck, but the driver continued on at a high rate of speed down several city streets.

The chase finally ended near the intersection of Cypress Street and Callaway Avenue near the Callaway Clock Tower and the driver, Daniel Wade Cantrell of Newnan, was taken into custody.

No one was injured during the vehicular pursuit. Deputies say Cantrell was already wanted on numerous burglary charges through the Troup County Sheriff’s Office.

Cantrell, age 28, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into jail charged with Theft by Taking Motor Vehicle, seven counts of Felony Criminal Damage to Property, eight counts of Burglary, Fleeing Attempting to Elude, Failure to Obey Traffic Controls, Reckless Driving, and Driving while License Suspended.

Cantrell is also facing charges in Coweta County, Tallassee, AL, and Opelika, AL.

This incident is still under active investigation by the agencies involved.