Man wanted in Milledgeville captured near Wilkinson County


Elias David Clark
Elias David Clark Special to The Telegraph

A Milledgeville police officer found a wanted man near her home early Friday after he fled from authorities in several locations overnight.

Lt. Reenae Gray was pulling out of her driveway when she saw Elias David Clark, who ditched a wrecked stolen vehicle earlier morning and fled on foot near the new extension for the Fall Line Freeway, according to a Milledgeville police Facebook post.

Gray held Clark at gunpoint until Baldwin County deputies could take him to jail, the post stated.

A Georgia Department of Corrections K-9 unit tracked Clark to Gray's backyard, but abandoned the search when he was not found and they thought the trail at gone cold.

Authorities spent hours searching for Clark after he and his estranged girlfriend were arguing loudly at about 6 p.m. Thursday at Oconee Regional Medical Center, said Milledgeville police Maj. John Davis.

After he fled the emergency room, Milledgeville officers went to Clark's grandmother's home, but Clark ran out the back door of the garage.

They later learned Clark had violated a domestic restraining order banning him from seeing the girlfriend and he had a history of auto theft, so officers returned to Clark's grandmother's residence, but he wasn't there, Davis said.

At about 11:30 p.m. authorities got  a report of a prowler, matching Clark's description, who was looking into vehicles on Verndale Drive, which is off Dunlap Road.

Officers were not able to find him in the neighborhood, but a short time later, an officer noticed someone who looked like Clark at the wheel of a white Buick Century turning onto Dunlap from Ford Avenue.

The owner of the Buick did not realize her car had been stolen in the Castle Wood subdivision off Dunlap Road until officers notified her.

The officer tried to get Clark to stop, but he kept going.

A Baldwin County deputy located the Buick on 441 South, but again Clark refused to stop.

The deputy followed in a brief chase before Clark wrecked the car and ran away, dropping a shoe in his flight.

The K-9 unit tracked Clark for several miles before the search was called off near Gray's house.

Milledgeville police charged Clark with auto theft and violating the restraining order.

He faces additional traffic charges in Baldwin County where he is being held in the local jail.

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