A 44-year-old Milledgeville man who had reportedly been drinking alcohol was arrested Saturday afternoon following a car chase with a deputy sheriff, local authorities say.
The same man reportedly had been riding by the residence of his former girlfriend and harassing her after he sent her a reported email threat.
The man was identified as Sandy Dustin Chapman, according to Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sgt. Lee Kitchens, who was involved in the car chase with the suspect.
Chapman was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, stalking, driving while license suspended, driving under the influence of alcohol, and Violation of the Georgia Open Container Law, records show.
After he was taken into custody following the chase, the deputy had planned to take Chapman to Navicent Health Baldwin hospital in Milledgeville for a blood test. While en route, Kitchens said Chapman repeatedly kicked the cage inside the patrol car and told him he was going to spit in the officer’s face when he got out of the car.
A mask was placed over the suspect’s mouth to prevent such from happening.
He refused to submit to a blood test, so he was taken to the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center.
Before the car chase, Deputy Melissa Condon said in a report that she was called to the residence of the suspect’s former girlfriend.
Condon said the woman told her that Chapman was sending her threatening emails and text messages.
The woman said she and Chapman broke up with each about seven months ago. The woman said she removed Chapman from her cellphone plan and had not heard from him in about a month.
The woman said Chapman began sending her text messages in what she believed was an attempt to gain her sympathy. Condon said the woman told her that she blocked his number, but he then began sending her emails threatening to harm to himself.
The deputy said the woman told her that when she didn’t respond to the emails, Chapman sent her an email Saturday morning reportedly saying he would come to her residence and kill her.
“I saw the email and confirmed it,” Condon said in her report.
Attempts to find Chapman were unsuccessful but the deputy found out that Chapman was staying at the Budget Inn.
Later on Saturday, Condon went back to the residence of Chapman’s former girlfriend and she informed her that her ex had been repeatedly driving by her residence and honking the car horn.
The car was described as a black 2011 Hyundai Sonata.
Kitchens, who had gone back the second time to assist Condon on the call, said he spotted what he thought to be the suspect’s car traveling along Lake Laurel Road.
The deputy said as soon as the driver passed him that he made eye contact with him and then began to accelerate.
“I spun my patrol car around and attempted to catch up with the Sonata,” Kitchens said in a report. “I immediately activated by blue lights and siren and advised dispatch that I believed the vehicle was attempting to flee from me.”
Kitchens said just before he caught up with the driver, he made a left turn onto Black Springs Road. The driver again accelerated and attempted to flee from the deputy.
The deputy notified a 911 dispatcher that he was involved in a vehicle pursuit. He said he also provided the dispatcher with his speed, location and traffic conditions before continuing the pursuit.
A short time later, the car slowed down on Black Springs Road before the driver eventually pulled over to the shoulder of the roadway near a residence on the 100 block of the same road.
“I exited my vehicle with my gun drawn,” Kitchens said in his report, noting that he gave the driver verbal commands to exit his car with his hands in the air.
The man, later identified as Chapman, complied with the deputy’s instructions and was handcuffed.