Clinton Lesseter

A 61-year-old Milledgeville man is behind bars on drug and other criminal charges, while another man wanted on drug charges in neighboring Hancock County ran away from a deputy sheriff Monday night, local authorities say.

The man being sought remained at-large Wednesday afternoon.

The suspect being held in jail at the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center was identified as Clinton Herman Lasseter, of the 100 block of Jones Road, according to an incident report filed by Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brandon Towe.

Lasseter was charged Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana less than an ounce, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, giving a false name and date of birth to a law enforcement officer, going inside guard lines in possession of drugs, possession of drug-related objects, and Violation of the Georgia Open Container Law, records show.

Towe said his Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) checked the license plate on a pickup truck of a man wanted by local authorities.

The deputy said he discovered the license plate on his in-car computer and learned that the registered owner was wanted.

“I turned around and attempted to locate the vehicle,” Towe said, noting that he soon spotted and confirmed the same truck in the parking lot of a local business.

The deputy said he saw two men walking toward the store.

Lasseter’s happened at the SOLO convenience store at 1310 Irwinton Road shortly after 8 p.m., according to the incident report.

Towe said during the search of Lasseter’s 2000 Toyota Tundra pickup truck he discovered five pipe smoking devices, one crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, one leafy substance believed to be burnt marijuana, and a set of scales.

The man at-large was identified as 44-year-old Michael Boone, of a Mount Carmel Road, McIntyre address.

Boone is described as a white male, standing 6-feet-1 and weighing 200 pounds. The suspect has brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked to call the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office at 478-445-4891.

Boone is wanted on outstanding warrants by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. He also faces several assorted criminal charges in Baldwin County.

Towe said he talked with a man who earlier had gotten out of the truck at the store. The deputy said when he turned away from the man in an attempt to look for Lasseter, who was in another area of the business, the man who had been a passenger in the truck ran out of the store and into a nearby wooded area.

That same man earlier had identified himself to Towe as Robert Lemmon, which turned out to be a phony name. He also gave the deputy a false date of birth.

Several deputies and officers with the Milledgeville Police Department attempted to find the wanted man but to no avail.

Towe said he later spotted Lasseter, who, like Boone, was wanted on an outstanding criminal warrant, near the restroom and took him into custody.

While walking out of the restroom, Towe said he was informed by the store clerk and several customers that the other man had run out of the store.

The deputy said he learned that the man who got away ran across Irwinton Rd. and into some nearby woods.

During a search, Town said he found a syringe in one of Lasseter’s  pockets and found several illegal items inside his truck.

After taking Lasseter to the county jail, Towe said he checked the rear seat of his patrol car and discovered a quantity of suspected methamphetamine that had been stuffed under his rear seat.

Additional charges were filed against Lasseter and he was issued a citation for an open can of beer in his truck.

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