April Lyn Merritt is the World’s Worst Getaway Driver

I’m betting this is not the way she thought this would turn out:

Oconee County sheriff’s deputies are searching for an Atlanta man who ditched a stolen red Buick Reatta when officers spotted him driving it Sunday on Georgia Highway 15 south of Watkinsville.

Deputies recovered the car, which Putnam County authorities reported missing over the weekend, but said the wanted man — David Agan, 42 — disappeared after leaving the car near a home on Old Greensboro Road.

Investigators later arrested April Merritt, 32, of Greenville, S.C., on a charge of driving with a suspended license as she trolled up and down Old Greensboro Road, possibly looking to pick up Agan, deputies said.

Chief Weems was kind enough to drop into the comments of the news story and post the specifics of the case. Looks like April is the world’s worst getaway driver for Greenville’s least competent booster ring:

We received a call from a concerned citizen about two cars traveling north on HWY 15. We made contact with the vehicles south of Watkinsville and attempted to stop the Buick based on its driving. When the deputy attempted to contact the driver, the car sped off and the deputy pursued but lost sight of the vehicle.

We got another phone call from an area resident about someone jumping out of a car behind their house and running into the woods. We did a K9 track through the woods, but the track ended at another roadway.

At the time of the initial contact, the car had not been entered into the system as stolen. That entry was made during the above described incident. The car was stolen in Putnam County.

The second car from the original call was located circling back through the area. That car was stopped, and the driver was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

Based on information gathered by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and our interviews with the female driver, we have learned that they were en route to Greenville, SC, and we believe that he was picked up by a family member and has reached the Greenville area.

Warrants have been obtained in Oconee County. I am not sure if the PCSO has obtained warrants at this time.

I’m no expert but a good thief isn’t conspicuous enough that the cops know they’re parents picked them up after a crime. Way to hook up with pros April, though let’s be honest, they’re not the ones in jail.


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