The following press release has been issued by Clay County Sheriff's Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
According to Sheriff Vic Davis, Clay County Investigators were following up on an anonymous tip on Thursday January 18, 2018, in reference to a stolen truck; when a short chase ended with the recovery of the truck and the seizure of drugs.
The information provided gave the location and description of a truck stolen out of Paulding County, Ga. The investigators went to the location, found a vehicle matching that description, and confirmed with investigators from Georgia that it was stolen.
While confirming this information the vehicle left and the investigators attempted to stop it, but a short chase was on. Once the truck was stopped on Jarrett Road, two men were taken into custody. The stolen truck was a 2012 Ram 2500 Quad Cab.
James Harrell Moore, 37 of Hayesville, was arrested and charged with Felony Flee to Elude, Felony Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Possession of Methamphetamine. Eric Smith, 44 of Hayesville, was arrested and charged with Felony Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle and Possession of Methamphetamine. Both remain in custody in the Clay County Detention Center under a $25,000 bond. They are scheduled to appear in court on February 5, 2018.
Sheriff Davis said he is always grateful when members of the community provide information that leads to arrests. Without the community working hand in hand with us it makes it difficult to do our job. When we work together like this, it continues to make our community a safe place.
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