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Deputies nab home invasion suspect
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A suspect is in custody after a home invasion Sunday morning thanks to an alert neighbor and rapid response by deputies.

At approximately 3 a.m., deputies were called to the 100 block of Ladessie Zeigler Road on a report of a burglary in progress. According to witnesses, a male subject was seen kicking in the door of a residence and was then seen fleeing in a truck from the scene.

Deputies responding intercepted the suspect vehicle on Highway 30 near Midland Road. As deputies attempted a traffic stop, the vehicle crashed as the driver attempted to elude deputies.

The driver, identified as Alan Fred Hazard Jr., 36, of Garden City, was then taken into custody after a foot pursuit in front of Coventry subdivision.

A neighbor indicated to deputies that he observed Hazard gain entry into the victim’s residence by kicking the door in. The neighbor then advised deputies he took his firearm and went to check on his neighbor where he confronted Hazard near her bedroom. According to the neighbor, Hazard then ran out of the residence and fled the scene at a high rate of speed.

Hazard has been charged with burglary, criminal trespass, DUI, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, leaving the scene of an accident, and other traffic violations.

Hazard, who put on his jail record that he was a firefighter with the Pooler Fire Department,  was taken to the Effingham County Jail.