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UPDATE: Police Continue Search For Man Who Escaped On Floating Log

Terry Spriggs evaded capture on Monday by jumping into the Etowah River in Canton and floating downstream on a log.

Terry Spriggs, 42, is wanted possession of cocaine, two counts of possession of methamphetamine and two counts of probation violation charges. Credit: Cherokee Sheriff's Office
Terry Spriggs, 42, is wanted possession of cocaine, two counts of possession of methamphetamine and two counts of probation violation charges. Credit: Cherokee Sheriff's Office
The man who plunged into the Etowah River and escaped apprehension by floating downstream on a log is still on the run.

Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad Commander Phil Price said they have information that Terry Spriggs, 42, actually exited the river before 8 p.m. Monday, and is still alive.

Spriggs ran away from CMANS agents Monday afternoon when they attempted to arrest him on various drug charges. 

The agents approached Spriggs around 4:20 p.m. at a relative's home near Westview Street and Marietta Highway in the city of Canton and the suspect took off on foot.

Spriggs crossed Marietta Highway and entered the Etowah River, Canton Police Department spokesman Pacer Cordry said in a news release.

Canton officers assisted in attempting to apprehend Spriggs, but the man "attached himself to a log," refused to swim ashore and began floating down the river, Cordry added. 

Cordry said the agents and officers were able to follow Springgs on foot down stream for about a quarter of a mile before they lost sight of him "due to the thick brush and trees along the shore line."

Spriggs is wanted by CMANS on possession of cocaine, two counts of possession of methamphetamine and two counts of probation violation charges.  

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.
Kristal Dixon May 20, 2014 at 05:48 PM
Hi everyone! Please keep your comments clean; please refrain from using profanity.
Greg Wardlaw May 25, 2014 at 09:35 AM
They are already forming a "log task force". This might make your taxes go up but we must keep the river safe. Or, they could use their very own personal log and use that :} No, seriously folks, logs have been used for centuries to escape capture. Logs don't have much quick take-off or top-end speed but they are consistent and use much less energy. They even beat todays hybrids.
Fatkat May 25, 2014 at 11:52 PM
LOL!!

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