An attempted traffic stop on Friday turned into a pursuit along roads and through a field, until finally a Cherokee Sheriff’s Office dog found the man who had decided to flee.

According to Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Director of Communications Jay Baker and jail records:

Just before noon on Friday, a Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted a motorcycle that was being driven recklessly on Land Road.

Rather than obey the deputy’s attempt to pull him over, the man on the motorcycle instead tried to get away, Baker said Monday.

Throughout the pursuit, the deputy noted traffic violations piling up — failure to stop at a stop sign, passing in a no-passing zone.

“The driver, who was later identified as Bradley Mason, eventually stopped the motorcycle and fled on foot through a pasture,” Baker said.

When the suspect took off running, deputies surrounded the area and brought in a police dog to track Mason down. The search didn’t last long.

“Bradley was found lying in a creek soon after the search began,” Baker said.

Mason, 49, of Canton was handcuffed and taken to the Cherokee County jail where he was booked in on a long list of charges, including:

♦ Reckless driving

♦ Running a stop sign

♦ Passing in a no-passing zone

♦ Two counts of attempting two elude a police officer (one felony and one misdemeanor charge)

♦ Obstructing a police officer

♦ Driving with a suspended license

♦ No proof of insurance

♦ Unauthorized use of a plate/decal

♦ Suspended vehicle registration

♦ Theft by receiving stolen property; and

♦ Two counts of failure to appear in State Court.

Mason remained in custody with a $13,000.00 bond on Monday.

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