An Effingham man is in custody after leading police on a chase through two counties and then a manhunt in the area around Macomber Park on Tuesday.
Jonathan Davis, 32, of Rincon turned himself in Wednesday to the Effingham County Sheriff's Office. He was transferred to Chatham County to face charges of burglary, aggravated battery and obstructing law enforcement, according to the ECSO.
Davis allegedly was involved in a domestic dispute Monday night in Port Wentworth’s Rice Creek subdivision. The woman involved in the incident was treated for her injuries at a local hospital.
"He does have a pretty extensive criminal history," ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor said of Davis. "He obviously needs to be back behind bars if he did something like this to a woman."
According to reports, Port Wentworth Police officers saw Davis’ car on Highway 21 around noon Tuesday and attempted to pull him over. Instead, Davis led them on a high-speed chase into Effingham, Ehsanipoor said.
Davis headed down Old Augusta Road and eventually abandoned his car in the Governor’s Ridge neighborhood in Rincon, according to investigators. Davis has been known to stay in that area at times, Ehsanipoor said.
Davis was spotted in a wooded area around Macomber Park, Ehsanipoor said. An extensive search by multiple agencies, including K-9 units and a Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department helicopter, failed to find Davis.
“There are a lot of woods around here around the ballpark,” Ehsanipoor said. He was spotted in the woods out here at one point. He was able to kind of slip away.”
Nearby Rincon Elementary School was placed on lockdown as a precaution, according to School Superintendent Randy Shearouse.
“There were several law enforcement officers right around that school,” Ehsanipoor said. “There was no immediate danger to any students who were at that school.”