Search Continues For Suspect Who Fled On Foot

Habersham Co. - The search continues for the suspect who fled on foot after the Wednesday morning wreck.

Habersham deputies resorted to a K9 search after the incident the occurred Wednesday, Jan. 8, around 5:30 a.m. on “GA 115 West of Habersham Mills Road,” according to a statement released by Georgia State Patrol SGT. C.J. Coffee, Assistant Post Commander, for Post 7 in Toccoa.

Coffee goes on to note, “Vehicle #1 (a Ford Mustang) was traveling east on GA 115. Vehicle #2 (a pick-up truck) was traveling west on GA 115. The driver of vehicle #1 failed to maintain lane and crossed the center line of GA 115.”

According to Coffee, “Vehicle #1 struck vehicle #2 in the left side front with the left side front area of vehicle #1. After impact, vehicle #2 overturned and came to an uncontrolled final rest on its passenger's side facing north. Vehicle #1 came to an uncontrolled final rest in the westbound lane facing south.”

After the crash, the driver of vehicle #1 (Ford Mustang) fled the scene. 

When asked if there was any indication inside the car as to why he fled, Johnson tells WCHM "Not that I'm aware of, no."

Vehicle #1 was a 2007 Ford Mustang driven by Charles Eric Chambers age 46 of Cleveland. 

“(We) do know that’s he’s possibly injured due to the fact that there was a strike to the windshield from the driver in the vehicle,” Post Commander at Toccoa GSP Post Chad Johnson says. 

“He was charged with Leaving the scene, failure to maintain lane, suspended license, no insurance, and no seat belt,” Coffee notes. 

Johnson tells WCHM how they were able to tell Chambers was not wearing a seatbelt, saying “well they were still latched in on the driver and passenger side.” 

Vehicle #2 was a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Julian Thayer age 70 of Clarkesville, GA. 

He was injured and transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville for treatment.

Chambers has not been taken into custody at this time.

"We are following up leads to former addresses and contacts he has with close family members and friends but at this time (he's) still not in custody," Johnson tells WCHM.