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Authorities: Suspect slips out of handcuffs, leads deputy on pursuit
Mark Seabolt faces charges stemming from 2 incidents with deputies
Mark Seabolt
Mark Seabolt

A man slipped out of handcuffs Monday and led a Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy on a foot chase, according to authorities.

Mark Anthony Seabolt, 43, was charged with two counts of felony obstruction of an officer, two misdemeanor counts of obstruction of an officer and escaping between two incidents about two weeks apart.

Patrol deputies saw a vehicle Oct. 20 at Chestnut Mountain Church in Flowery Branch that matched an earlier description in a call about someone “attempting to strike a roommate,” according to Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes.

“The deputies ordered the driver out of the vehicle numerous times,” Bailes wrote in an email. “As the deputies approached the vehicle, the driver identified as Mark Seabolt placed the vehicle in drive and sped away, almost striking both deputies.”

A judge signed arrest warrants the following day for two counts of felony officer obstruction and two counts of misdemeanor officer obstruction.

On Monday, deputies responded to a domestic dispute call on Chestnut Mountain Circle. Seabolt fled on foot when he made contact with the deputies.

“Deputies were able to capture Seabolt and (were) escorting him back to the patrol car when Seabolt managed to slip out of his handcuffs,” Bailes wrote.

A deputy chased Seabolt on foot and apprehended him after the two “fell onto a concrete bench,” Bailes wrote.

Both received minor injuries and were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. The deputy and Seabolt have been treated and released.

Seabolt had a bandage wrapped around his forehead in his Hall County Jail mugshot.

Additional charges are pending from the incident Monday, Bailes said.

On Tuesday, Seabolt was booked in to the Hall County Jail, where he remains.

A person accused of committing a violent act against a law enforcement officer can be charged with felony obstruction of an officer compared to the misdemeanor charge.

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