A routine traffic stop turned into a six-hour ordeal Friday afternoon when a man fled into the woods from a vehicle on Interstate 85. The vehicle was stopped by the Georgia State Patrol for speeding about 2 p.m. Friday afternoon on Interstate 85 North.
After the vehicle was pulled over, a male passenger, later identified as Paul David Lamar, hopped out of the vehicle and fled on foot into the wood line.
The Trooper gave chase and authorities ultimately began tracking the suspect with the assistance of a K-9 unit.
Using a combined effort from the Georgia State Patrol, LaGrange Police Department, Hogansville Police Department, and Troup County Sheriff’s Office, authorities were able to set up a perimeter around the area, surrounding Lamar.
Over the next six hours Lamar was spotted several times, but he started running immediately upon being seen.
Lamar was eventually taken into custody near Mountville Hogansville Road using K-9 assistance.
While chasing after Lamar, authorities recovered a small bag of suspected marijuana and a handgun that was later determined to have been stolen.
Strangely enough, the recovered handgun was the same gun that was reported stolen by LaGrange Police Chief Lou Dekmar in 2015. The gun was reportedly stolen from Dekmar’s vehicle while in Duluth, GA. As a result, Lamar, age 19, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Felony Theft by Receiving, Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce, and Obstruction of Officers.
The driver of the vehicle, Dakeem Maurice Jones, age 27, was charged with Speeding and Driving on a Suspended License.
Lamar is currently being held at the Troup County Jail. Jones has since been released on $2,000 bond.
The author of this article can be reached via email at tmurphy@troupcountynews. net.