By Tia Lynn Ivey
When an officer made a routine traffic stop Monday afternoon, he never expected it to result in a manhunt with 20 officers in pursuit.
According to Morgan County officials, a Department of Public Safety officer pulled over a vehicle carrying two males in the parking lot of Advance Auto Parks on Eatonton Road in Madison. As the officers questioned the driver, Maurice Rounds, 29, of Stone Mountain, the passenger, Michael Goodman, 27, of Stone Mountain, fled the scene, taking off on foot into the woods behind Walmart.
According to Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, Goodman already had out-of-county warrants.
The officer on site called in for backup, leading officers from Morgan County, the City of Madison, Georgia State Patrol, The Department of Natural Resources, and canine officers from the Department of Corrections to descend upon the area, on the hunt for Goodman.
“There were about 20 officers out there looking,” said Sheriff Markley. “It took us about 45 minutes to an hour to find him and take him into custody.”
According to Markley, Goodman made it through the woods, across the railroad tracks and ended up behind the Bard Manufacturing plant before officers caught him.
“The canine officers arrested him and took him into custody,” said Markley.
Goodman was charges with Fleeing and Attempting to Allude, as well as with Possession of Marijuana. He is currently being held at the Morgan County jail.
Rounds was charged with driving with a suspended license.
The heavy police presence on Monday afternoon sparked rumors on social media about the incident.
“I want everyone to know, this was not an escaped inmate or any of the other things flying around on social media,” said Markley. “Both men were arrested and it’s all over now.”