Car thief arrested after 12-hour pursuit

By: Amber Spradley | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 18, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Monday, police and deputies are still searching for Alvin Roberson in the area around the Cook and Brooks county lines. Police say he is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 175 pounds. (Photo: Hahira Police Department)

BARNEY, Ga. (WCTV) – The nearly 12-hour pursuit for 29-year-old Alvin Roberson from Lake City, Florida began around midnight Monday when authorities attempted to pull him over.

Roberson drove a black Honda Accord; the vehicle was confirmed to be stolen out of Lake City, where warrants are being secured for his arrest in that jurisdiction.

Roberson refused to pull over, and took Brooks County Sheriff deputies along for vehicle chase lasting about 10 minutes, according to Cook County Chief Investigator and Captain Brent Exum.

Captain Exum says Roberson, fleeing from Brooks County, crashed the car just north of Gregg’s Road in Cooks County and fled from the scene on foot.

He was spotted by a citizen crossing US Highway 122 in Barney and tracked by helicopter until he was surrounded by a K-9 unit and ultimately taken into custody near Highway 76 and Highway 122.

That lengthy search came to an end around 12:30 p.m. Monday.

According to a press release from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Roberson was transported to South Georgia Medical Center for treatment from exposure during the lengthy search.

A law enforcement officer involved in the search was also treated by EMS for dehydration and released at the scene.

Roberson is facing charges in Cook County and Brooks County for crimes related to possession of the stolen vehicle and fleeing from law enforcement.

He has an extensive criminal history, according to Cook County Sheriff’s Office, and is currently on probation in Florida.

After booking process in Cook County, Roberson will be turned over to Columbia County for transport back to Florida.

Assisting in the search was Brooks, Cook, Lowndes and Turner counties, along with the Georgia State Patrol Aviation Unit, Georgia Department of Corrections and the Department of Natural Resources.


HAHIRA, Ga. (WCTV) — The Hahira Police Department says multiple agencies are looking for a 29-year-old man who evaded police early Monday morning in a car stolen out of Florida.

According to police, at about 1 a.m. the Brooks County Sheriff's Office told the Cook County Sheriff's Office they were chasing a black Honda on Georgia Highway 76 heading towards Cook County.

At about 1:12 a.m., the Honda crashed just north of Greggs Road in Cook County and the driver ran away from the area, police say.

As of 11 a.m. Monday, police and deputies are still searching for Alvin Roberson in the area around the Cook and Brooks county lines. Police say he is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 175 pounds. Roberson is a black man, and he was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans, but he may have taken off the T-shirt, according to police.

Investigators determined the car was stolen out of Columbia County, Florida.

Police say to be on the lookout for Roberson, and if you see him, do not approach him and call 911 immediately.

The Georgia State Patrol Aviation Unit, Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are also helping in the search.

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