A suspect fleeing from a Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputy led to a brief lockdown of the University of North Georgia Dahlonega campus on Saturday, Jan. 25.
The suspect was believed to be armed.
At about 5:45 p.m., UNG Public Safety locked the campus down while officers pursued the suspect, who fled during a traffic stop, according to UNG spokeswoman Sylvia Carson.
The suspect was not affiliated with UNG, Carson said, and the lockdown was lifted by 6 p.m., after the person had been apprehended by law enforcement.
According to a Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office report, Seth Stephen Thompson, 32, was riding as a passenger inside the car that was pulled over.
Thompson allegedly ran from the traffic stop.
After a search with a tracking dog, an officer told Thompson to “come out of the culvert with his hands up.
“I then observed a male pop out of the manhole cover and begin fleeing north away from us,” according to the report.
Officers later found Thompson at the Bellamy Apartments in Dahlonega.
“[Thompson] was apparently fleeing from law enforcement because of outstanding warrants being out on him,” according to the report.
Thompson was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer. He also has holds in Forsyth and Hall counties.
See the original story from the Gainesville Times here.