Authorities apprehend man sought after Thursday vehicle pursuit

Michael Chase Moore

Photo courtesy of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office

STAFF REPORT :::

A man being sought after allegedly fleeing from law enforcement Thursday has been apprehended.

Pike County Sheriff Jimmy Thomas on Thursday reported that his agency was involved in a vehicle pursuit that began in Meriwether County and crossed over into Pike. Pike County deputies joined the pursuit of the suspect, now identified as Michael Chase Moore, in the area of River Road.

Authorities say the “recklessness of the driver and his disregard for the safety of citizens” led to multiple pit maneuver attempts on the vehicle.

Officials say Thomas successfully executed a PIT maneuver on the vehicle for the final time as the driver attempted to cut through a resident’s yard.

After reportedly striking their fence, the driver fled the scene on foot.

A passenger in the vehicle was turned over to the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office.

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit assisted in searching the area and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office provided additional bloodhounds to attempt to track Moore, but he was not immediately located.

The search for Moore continued into the night and he was ultimately apprehended when he was found hiding in a draining ditch.

Moore remains in custody with charges pending.

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