Ga. traffic stop yields pit bulldog, python

 COMER, Ga. -- A manhunt began in Comer Saturday soon after a policeman stopped a vehicle with two men, a woman, a pit bulldog and a Python snake.

 

One passenger, Thomas Neal Evans, 44, jumped out of the SUV and fled into the woods, where he evaded a manhunt using tracking hounds brought in from a state prison in Alto.

“He’s like a rabbit. He runs hard and fast,” Comer Police Chief Dennis Bell said Monday.

Dogs stayed on Evans trail for about 35 to 45 minutes before losing him in the forest and sweltering heat, according to Bell.

“The dogs did good, but weren’t able to keep a good track,” he said.

Police stopped the Nissan Pathfinder about 3:45 p.m., where the driver was issued a citation for suspended registration. A pit bulldog and a 6-foot-long Python in the vehicle were turned over to the driver, who was released.

A passenger, Kelly O’Brien, 43, of Athens was charged with simple possession of marijuana and obstruction. However, when police decided to arrest Evans on a charge of having a drug-related object, he ran in the direction of Georgia Highway 22 and veered off into the woods, according to Comer police.

Evans now faces an additional charge of obstruction, Bell said.

 

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