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Officers chase, arrest Casper on Halloween

Authorities spent part of Halloween chasing someone named Casper, but it wasn't the friendly ghost.

A Gainesville man, Kyle Almon Casper, is accused of running away from state troopers two times, including once in handcuffs, after a traffic stop Halloween night.

A Georgia State Patrol trooper attempted to stop a Ford Explorer around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for speeding on Limestone Parkway near Clarks Bridge Road.

After the trooper pursued the driver for roughly a mile at a high speed, authorities said Casper, 25, abandoned his car at the intersection of Beverly Road and Lakeview Drive.

“The trooper gave chase on foot noting that the driver was armed with what appeared to be a holstered pistol,” Cpl. Major D. Patterson wrote in an email.

Gainesville Police and Hall County Sheriff’s Office’s K9 units assisted in searching for Casper, who had allegedly fled into the woods.

As the dogs were tracking Casper, state patrol and other local law enforcement patrol units established a perimeter. Other officers started patrolling the residential streets.

Officers found Casper behind a residence on Nottingham Drive.

“Once handcuffed and while being placed in the back of a Hall County patrol car, (Casper) managed to flee on foot again while still handcuffed,” Patterson said.

Casper was apprehended at Brenau Point Drive.

Patterson said Casper had multiple outstanding warrants.

Casper was taken to the Hall County Jail. He was charged with speeding, reckless driving, driving without license on his person, failure to apply for a new license within 60 days of changing address, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.