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For Immediate Release

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October 22, 2009 Southern District of Georgia
Supervisory Deputy Tommy Long (912) 652-4577
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Emanuel County Arrested in Eden

SERFTF LogoAn Emanuel County man wanted by the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Department in Swainsboro, Georgia was arrested by the United States Marshals Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force in Eden, Georgia, on October 22, 2009.

Patric Kersey, 45, was being sought on numerous state warrants for Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Aggravated Assault, two charges of Aggravated Battery, and felony obstruction related to an incident that happened on October 21, 2009 in Emanuel County, Georgia. Kersey was stopped by an Emanuel County Deputy Sheriff in a traffic stop for investigation of a suspected charge of driving under the influence. When Kersey realized that he was going to be arrested for driving under the influence, he decided to flee the scene, and in the process allegedly ran over the deputy sheriff. The incident happened at approximately 10:30 pm on October 21, 2009. The case is being investigated by the GBI. The GBI and the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force in trying to find and arrest Kersey. Numerous leads were worked in this case in Chatham and Effingham Counties in an attempt to locate Kersey. At approximately noon on October 22, 2009, Fugitive Task Force personnel were in Eden, Georgia following a lead on a possible location when Kersey drove up to the location and was immediately arrested by the Marshals Task Force personnel. Kersey was transported to the Effingham County jail to await pick up by the GBI to be transported back to Emanuel County, Georgia. This case was worked by the GBI, Emanuel County Sheriff’s Department, the East Central Drug Task Force, the Swainsboro Police Department, and the Marshals Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force. For more information on this case, contact should be made with the GBI Eastman office or the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Department.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of approximately 36, 000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by the Marshals Service than all other federal agencies combined.

The Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force has three offices: Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah. The task force covers the whole state of Georgia. The Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of investigators from the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department, the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Marshals Service. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug crimes, sex offenders, and other felonies. Last year, U.S. Marshals Task Forces arrested more than 58,600 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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