Almost four weeks on the run for an elusive
Southerland man came to a crashing halt near Savannah, Georgia
yesterday. Larry Wayne Dodson, Jr., who escaped from the Blue Ridge
Regional Jail in Lynchburg on March 10, was captured after a high speed
chase, crash and foot pursuit that recovered the fugitive hiding in a
shed at a cell tower in rural Chatham County. Dodson was arrested
without further incident.
With a task force comprised of U.S. Marshals, Lynchburg Police, and Blue
Ridge Jail Authority investigators hot on his heels, Dodson was tracked
to Louisiana several days ago. U.S. Marshals from Lynchburg provided
information to Marshals in Louisiana and local law enforcement leading
them to Dodson there. Dodson was forced out of his comfort zone, and
fled Louisiana in a stolen pickup truck.
At approximately 4 pm on Sunday, a Georgia State Patrol trooper spotted
a speeding pickup truck northbound on Interstate 95 near Savannah. A
high speed pursuit ensued and the pickup wrecked during the chase. The
driver fled the scene into a swamp area and state and local law
enforcement converged finding Dodson hiding in a shed a short time
Dodson is incarcerated in the Chatham County Jail, in high-security lock
down, where he faces felony charges for Fleeing to Elude, Possession of
Stolen Property, and Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property, as
well as misdemeanor charges for Reckless Driving and Speeding. Following
the adjudication on the Georgia charges, he will be extradited back to
Virginia to face his original 7 year prison sentence and new felony
charges for Escape.
Blue Ridge Jail Authority investigators and Lynchburg Police officers
assigned to the U.S. Marshals task force were instrumental in the
apprehension of Dodson.
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