Booker eludes police through two-county chase

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 1, 2002

At approximately 9 a.m. Monday, Jerris Don Booker, who is wanted by the Butler County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) and the United States marshals, was spotted in Georgiana but has been able to elude officers since that time.

Booker currently is wanted for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and is wanted in Butler County for failing to appear in court to face charges of domestic violence, second degree, and for writing bad checks. He is a 48-year-old male, approximately six feet tall and weighs about 175 pounds.

Members of the Georgiana Police Department and BCSO chased Booker through south Butler County until he was able to evade them near Ripley Road yesterday morning. After an afternoon of searching for the suspect, he was once again spotted at approximately 2:28 p.m. in Covington County in the Red Level area.

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Once again, the suspect attempted to elude officers as he traveled at high speeds on dirt roads near the Butler and Covington county line. He was once again able to elude officers on County Road 55 in the Red Level area.

Booker was last seen travelling in a gold 1999 Plymouth Breeze, officials report. He allegedly switched the Montgomery County tag on the car with a Butler County tag. Law enforcement officers continue to search the south Butler County area and other areas for the suspect.

Georgiana Investigator Kenny Harden says Butler County and Georgiana officials have been working on this case recently and are continuing the search for Booker in this area. After spotting him in the area Monday, Harden said he contacted U. S. marshals and alerted them to the suspect's whereabouts.

At presstime, the search for the suspect was still in progress.