Arrest follows truck chase

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A Buckhead woman is in jail and deputies are searching for her boyfriend after the couple fled from police and hid in a wooded area after a high speed chase. Emily Love Edwards, 37, was arrested on January 7 at approximately 1 a.m. after officers found her and her 16-year-old daughter hiding in a wooded area off Riverwoods Drive. Edwards was charged with obstruction of law enforcement officers and her daughter was released to a relative. The alleged driver of a pickup truck that fled from deputies, Kevin Lamar Mote, 29, remains wanted and faces multiple charges including felony fleeing and attempting to elude, criminal damage to property, cruelty to children, possession of marijuana and obstruction.

According to reports, the chase began at approximately 5:25 p.m. when Deputy Chase Young observed Mote driving a black 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck on Sugar Creek Church Road. Young stated that he knew Mote did not have a driver’s license and he followed the truck until it stopped at the Town of Buckhead dumpster site near the Buckhead Volunteer Fire Station. Young stated that while he was waiting confirmation from dispatch regarding Mote’s license and the truck’s registration, the truck accelerated past the dumpsters, drove through grass in the town’s park and onto Chivers Road. At that point Young was joined by Deputy Joseph Pritchett and both deputies chased the truck down Chivers Road where it then struck a vehicle driven by Investigator Chad Lanier before driving onto Buckhead Road and then onto Apalachee River Road. Reports state that officers temporarily lost sight of the vehicle but later received a tip that the truck had driven through the front yard of a residence on Riverwoods Drive and that the occupants of the vehicle were attempting to hide the truck in a shed behind the residence. Mote, Edwards and the juvenile then fled into woods behind the residence, reports state. Officers established a perimeter and used a K–9 unit to search for the suspects but the search failed. Several hours later, reports state, officers located Edwards and the juvenile hiding in the woods. Reports state that Edwards told officers that Mote had left the pair approximately 15 minutes before the officers found them. Edwards said her daughter was diabetic and needed medical assistance. EMS was notified and the juvenile was treated and released to a family member. Edwards was transported to the Morgan County Detention Center.

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