Timothy Smith, 39, was arrested by Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputies Thursday morning off Old Mill Road in Waleska, on outstanding warrants for obstruction and driving on a suspended license, said Lt. Jay Baker, Cherokee County Sheriff’s spokesman.
“While handcuffed and in custody on the way to the Cherokee Adult Detention Center, Smith kicked out the window of a patrol car, exited through the window and fled on foot,” Baker said.
Smith then returned to the patrol car, located on Highway 5 at the Bells Ferry intersection, and attempted to steal the car, Baker said.
Smith was recaptured and is now in custody at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center, Baker said.
He is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of Xanax, possession of drug related objects, misdemeanor obstruction and interference with government property, Baker said.
His girlfriend, Jennifer Corbin, was also arrested in Waleska on Thursday morning on one count of misdemeanor obstruction, related to the arrest of Smith, Baker said. Corbin had no outstanding warrants.
She was in the patrol car with Smith when he kicked out a window and fled on foot, Baker said.
Smith also had more than a dozen outstanding warrants in Pickens County, said Pickens Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Reynolds.
Smith was wanted on a dozen charges, including possession of controlled substance, fleeing and attempting to elude, possession or manufacturing of a controlled substance, theft by taking, possession of a firearm/knife during the commission of a crime and two counts each of theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Reynolds said.
Reynolds said Smith had been the target of a search for two weeks, after he eluded police in a stolen truck Aug. 4.
In the earlier incident, Pickens authorities were serving warrants for Smith’s arrest and found him at a campsite just across the county line in Cherokee, Reynolds said, with a stolen truck and stolen four-wheeler.
Reynolds said Smith got in the truck and led Pickens County Sheriff’s deputies on a five-mile chase to Henderson Mountain off Highway 108, where Smith then left the truck and fled on foot.
Smith was a person of interest in an investigation into automobiles being broken into in Pickens, where a number of firearms were taken, Reynolds said.