Maryland Man Leads Lavonia Police on Crazy Chase

March 29, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia


A Maryland man is out on bond after leading Lavonia Police on a chase over the weekend.

It happened about 3a.m. Saturday morning, when officers attempted to pull over a white Mustang for a routine traffic stop at the McDonald’s on Jones St., according to Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle.

From there, the driver got out of the Mustang and fled on foot into the woods behind the Waffle House with officers in pursuit.

The chase continued into the woods behind the Silo Shopping Center next door until officers eventually lost him.

Carlisle said a lookout was then placed with the driver’s description.

“The next morning he was located by the day shift officers of the Lavonia Police Department at the McDonalds again, at which time they placed the subject in custody”, said Carlisle.

Arrested was 20-year old James Jervon Nicholas O’Reilly of Takoma Park, Maryland.

He was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude, failure to maintain a lane, obstruction of an officer, wreckless driving, driving while unlicensed and laying drag.

The Mustang he was driving was not his own, Carlisle said, but was not stolen.

Carlisle said officers still aren’t sure why O’Reilly ran.