Man arrested after taking purse, trying to evade police by burying himself in mud

Christopher Weston, 29, has been arrested and charged.
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A man is behind bars after a chase ensued with the Burke County Sheriff's Office.

A woman cleaning around gravestones at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Stoney Bluff Road says a man approached her asking for directions just minutes before she saw him running off with her purse from her car. She used her cellphone in her pocket to call deputies to the church.

The victim told deputies he was driving away in a black Jeep Cherokee. A chase began on Millhaven Road for six miles. It ended when the suspect, identified as Christopher Weston, 29, ran into a tree in a wooded area.

Deputies determined while looking at the car's tag that Weston was potentially driving in a stolen vehicle.

A foot chase ensued, and deputies, troopers, and K-9 units searched the area.

Weston was later found hiding in a swampy area, covering himself with mud and vegetation as camouflage.

Weston was taken into custody and taken to the Burke County Detention Center. He's charged with the following:

  • Felony Entering an Auto to Commit a Theft

  • Felony Fleeing and Attempting to Elude

  • Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer

  • Speeding – Citation

  • Driving while License Suspended - Citation

  • Reckless Driving – Citation

  • Failure to Maintain Lane – Citation

  • No Seatbelt – Citation

  • No Insurance – Citation

  • DUI (Drugs) – Citation

  • Hit and Run – Citation

  • Use of License Plate for Purpose of Concealing – Citation

In a press release, the Burke County Sheriff's Office said, "we don't take crimes against the elderly lightly in Burke County."

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