TIFTON -- The man who was captured by several law enforcement agencies after a manhunt Wednesday now faces several charges from the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety.

Gregory Allen Norman, 31, of Augusta, was charged with driving a commercial vehicle without a medical examiner's certificate, having no Department of Transportation number displayed on a commercial vehicle, driving an unsafe or improperly equipped vehicle, obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers and affixing tint to the windows or windshields of a commercial vehicle. He is also wanted on a felony probation warrant from Columbia County. According to the DMVS, the original charges for which Norman was on probation were possession of cocaine and credit card fraud.

Norman and another man, Michael Louis Lackey, 29, of North Augusta, S.C., were pulled over by DMVS officers shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 82 West. Both men were driving dump trucks for a company called Roadbuilders. The trucks were stopped because of safety infractions and so that the DMVS could perform a safety inspection of the driver and vehicles.

DMVS officers discovered the outstanding warrant on Norman and were informed by Columbia County officials that they would pick him up if he were arrested. Before the DMVS could act, however, Norman allegedly fled his vehicle and ran into a nearby thicket of planted pines.

Officers from the Tift County Sheriff's Office, the Georgia State Patrol, the Department of Corrections and the United State Marshal's service all participated in the search for Norman. Two bloodhounds from the Department of Corrections and a GSP helicopter from Perry were used to track the fugitive down.

Around 6:30 p.m., the bloodhounds led officers to Norman, who was reportedly hiding in the underbrush, beneath a fallen tree. He was arrested and transported to the Tift County Law Enforcement Center.

The driver of the other dump truck, Lackey, was also arrested, though on separate charges. Lackey was charged with operation of a commercial vehicle without a valid license, driving with a suspended license and a tag violation. According to the Tift County Sheriff's Office, Lackey also had an outstanding charge, a fishing violation out of Richmond County.



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