DANIELSVILLE, Ga. -- A veteran deputy with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was fired after he was arrested Dec. 4 for fleeing from a Madison County sheriff’s deputy who tried to stop him for faulty brake lights, authorities said Tuesday.
Eric Gary Brewer, a former captain who supervised Civil Court Operations, was charged with attempting to elude, reckless driving and a brake light violation the day after he eluded the deputy in a chase that started near Ila, according to a Madison County sheriff’s report.
Brewer, 48, of Pendergrass turned himself in at the Madison County Jail, said Chief Deputy Shawn Burns.
He has appealed his firing.
Jackson County Sheriff Stan Evans has not yet scheduled a hearing to hear Brewer’s appeal, said Jackson County Chief Deputy David Cochran. Brewer was a deputy for the county for more than 20 years.
A Madison County deputy on patrol in Ila attempted to pull over Brewer’s Dodge Aries shortly before 8 p.m. Dec. 3, when the sedan stopped at an intersection, and the brake lights were not working, according to the report.
When the deputy began to follow the car, it sped up and passed another vehicle on a hill, almost striking an oncoming car, according to the report.
The deputy activated his emergency equipment and caught up to the car, but the driver refused to stop.
Their speeds increased to 85-90 mph along Georgia Highway 98 heading into Jackson County, the deputy wrote.
The car turned onto U.S. Highway 441 towards Banks Crossing and almost collided with a second vehicle. The deputy said his supervisor then called off the chase due to the high speed.
The vehicle’s license plate showed the car is registered to Brewer.