Deputies nab suspect climbing out window

by Wes Mayer

A man suspected of being the person who fled from Coweta County deputies last month, driving a vehicle into a home and escaping on foot, was arrested Monday.

Patrick Dangelo Harmon, 32, was arrested around 8 p.m. Monday while attempting to sneak out of his mother’s home, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. A search warrant was ordered for his mother’s home on the 600-block of Smith Road. Realizing he fled before and would probably do it again, deputies surrounded the home and were waiting for him when he tried to escape through a back window, Yarbrough said.

According to Yarbrough, Harmon is the man who previously fled from Deputy Trent Hastings on Sept. 13. Hastings attempted to make a routine traffic stop on Henry Bryant Road for an expired tag, and the driver decided to flee. The driver turned and fled down A Street in Sargent, drove through a home’s backyard and ditched his vehicle while it was still moving. The vehicle ended up rolling into a home on Kennon Street, damaging its foundation.

The driver managed to flee from deputies on foot that day, Yarbrough said, but a fair amount of cocaine was discovered in his vehicle. The damage to the home on Kennon Street will cost several thousand dollars to repair.

When he was taken into custody Monday, Harmon was charged with criminal damage to property in the second degree, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, obstruction of officers, operation of vehicle without registration/valid tag and a suspended license. He may face an additional obstruction charge for attempting to flee deputies a second time, Yarbrough said.

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