An incident on Nov. 22 ended with the identification and peaceful arrest of a person wanted on multiple felony warrants in Statesboro, thanks to the work of Georgia Southern University Police Investigator Trevor Williams.
Around 11 a.m., Williams saw a driver on Lanier Drive, near the south campus area of the university, actively on his cell phone while driving. The driver, later identified as Javonta Lee of Claxton – who is not a Georgia Southern student – has multiple warrants for his felony charges, including aggravated assault, cruelty to children, theft by takeaway and criminal trespassing.
Williams attempted to conduct a traffic stop when the driver pulled into a store’s parking lot and appeared to stop, but then pulled out at high speed and began to avoid Williams. Williams followed the vehicle as it sped into The Islands subdivision. When the vehicle reached a dead end, it stopped after hitting some bushes. The driver jumped out of the vehicle and ran into an apartment. The sole occupant of the apartment safely exited the apartment when officers arrived.
Officers were able to contact family members who helped Lee surrender without incident. The Statesboro Police Department, Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, and Georgia State Patrol helped.
“Whether on campus or in the areas surrounding Georgia Southern, our officers are actively working to keep the community safe and resolve incidents peacefully,” said Georgia Southern University Police Chief Laura McCullough. “I commend Investigator Williams for his work in identifying someone with such a criminal history and for his actions in ending the situation without further endangering the community.”
The Georgia Southern Police Department is dedicated to providing outstanding service to the university community and beyond. On November 17, Georgia Southern Police Officer Katie Hodges was recognized as Bulloch County Public Safety Officer of the Year by the Bulloch County Public Servant Committee for her quick response in assisting a motorist who was having difficulty exiting his vehicle after he waters had been driven with it.
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