A Cleveland man was arrested after a pursuit that ended in White County early Sunday.

Jeffery Andrew Thronton

45-year-old Jeffrey Andrew Thornton of Cleveland is charged by the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office with fleeing and attempting to elude, possession of methamphetamine, probation violation, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and littering.

The Georgia State Patrol also charged Thornton with driving under the influence. The incident started when a deputy from the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office attempted to pull over a white Honda van on Duncan Bridge Road near Pea Ridge Road just after 4 a.m. Sunday, June 9.

The driver of the van failed to yield and continued to drive at a high rate of speed, crossing the bridge into White County.

Inside White County, the van abruptly turned left onto Webster Lake Road, traveled through a ditch and a fence, then fled the vehicle on foot.

Thornton was located a short time later by a Helen Police Department K-9 unit hiding behind a stack of cement blocks about 75 yards from the vehicle. Thornton was booked in at the Habersham County Detention Center in Clarkesville, where he remained at last report.