A High Falls man eluded Monroe County deputies for the third time in three months on Oct. 23 and remains at large.
Police say Octavious Lyons, 33, first fled arrest after leading Monroe County deputies on a high-speed chase and wrecking a Toyota Sequoia on Frontage Road near the KOA Kampground on July 30. Deputies searched the woods after the wreck but never found Lyons.
Lyons finally turned up again three months later on Oct. 22 and deputy Jaleel Brown arrested him on outstanding charges of fleeing or attempting to elude, driving while license suspended, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to maintain lane, passing in a no-passing zone, reckless driving, tag cover violation, following too closely and failure to signal while turning.
But Lyons complained of sudden medical issues and was taken to Macon’s Medical Center Navicent Health. Brown told Navicent officials he planned to take Lyons to jail after they were done, but Lyons was instead released from the hospital.
Then on Oct. 23 around 4:30 p.m., Brown was on patrol when he saw a child jumping on the center console of a champagne Chevy Tahoe traveling on Indian Springs Drive. Brown stopped the SUV and told the driver, John Barnett, that the kid needed to be in a child seat. Then Brown recognized a passenger whose hand was covering his face as Lyons.
Brown then ordered all of the occupants to put their hands where he could see them and told Lyons he was being arrested again. Brown then held Lyons at Taser point until Monroe County Sgt. Kirk Seckinger arrived to assist. Brown then pulled Lyons from the SUV while Seckinger ordered him to lie flat on the ground. When Lyons got aggressive, Brown took him to the ground. However, Lyons quickly gathered himself and took off on foot. Brown then tried to Tase Lyons, but his Taser malfunctioned.
Barnett told deputies that Lyons is staying at an area trailer park.
Sheriff Brad Freeman said Lyons was a “frequent flyer” and he’s sure he’s still running around Forsyth and will be captured eventually.
“I don’t think he’s even worth a reward,” said Freeman.