BY KELLI PEACOCK DUNN
A man who fled from a Liberty County deputy midday Tuesday has been apprehended near Blountstown.
Sources report a warrant was being served on Steven Anderson of Bristol when he attempted to run. The deputy deployed his Taser, Anderson pulled the probes out of his body, then took off on foot toward the Apalachicola River. Searchers from the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, Calhoun Correctional and Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission looked all along the river for Anderson.
According to Calhoun County Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel, a tip led investigators to a home in Clarksville Wednesday where Anderson was believed to have been hiding out. Although he had already left that area, another tip came in Thursday morning reporting Anderson was in a vehicle at Sam Atkins Park. Investigators found him in a car with two individuals. Sheriff Kimbrel said one was a female believed to be his wife. Anderson took off again, heading west.
Around 1 p.m., Anderson was tracked to a power line area just west of White's Air Conditioning off Hwy. 20 where he was eventually apprehended.
Sheriff Kimbrel says both ground and air searches were instrumental in the apprehension. Lt. Randy McCroan, who flies the CCSO helicopter, played a large role in the case. After his arrest, Anderson told authorities he had initially jumped in the river Tuesday, but decided to hit the banks after spotting the helicopter and realizing he could be seen. Earlier today, McCroan was able to zero in on Anderson from the air when he was hiding in the brush near the power line off Hwy. 20. McCroan hovered over him in the helicopter until searchers on the ground could surround the area and make the arrest.
Anderson was booked into the Calhoun County Jail and will soon be transferred to Liberty County.