A 28-year-old Ball Ground man was arrested last late Monday night following a manhunt using police dogs and a state helicopter.

According to Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesman, Capt. Jay Baker:

The search for James Prince Haley began at about 3:30 p.m. last Monday when a Cherokee Sheriff’s deputy saw a GMC Yukon traveling at high speed with a flat tire near Land Road in the Clayton Community.

“As the deputy began to follow the vehicle the flat tire tore apart and came off wheel causing the driver to crash the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle fled into the woods,” Baker said. “The deputy chased the suspect into the woods but was unable to apprehend him. A perimeter was established and the K-9 Unit responded to the scene. After an extensive search of the area the suspect was not located.”

Deputies remained in the area throughout the evening, and at approximately 11 p.m. a resident of the area called 911 to report that a suspicious person had showed up and asked to use their phone.

“Deputies converged on the area and the suspect fled into the woods when they arrived at the residence. With the assistance of the Georgia State Patrol Aviation, the suspect was located behind a residence in the Bethany Farms Subdivision a short time later,” Baker said.

Haley had outstanding warrants for three counts of violation of parole, obstruction of an officer and fleeing and attempting to elude police. In addition, from the chase on Monday he was charged are reckless driving, obstruction of an officer, fleeing and attempting to elude police and theft by receiving stolen property, because the Yukon Haley was driving was reported stolen out of Texas. Haley remained in the Cherokee County jail last Tuesday morning without bond.

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