Brandon Spears, 32, a resident of Highway 62, was arrested today following an extensive manhunt. Spears was transported to the Washington Parish Jail and is being held without bond.
His saga began several weeks ago when he was sentenced on possession of methamphetamine, morphine and oxycodone. His sentence of five years at hard labor was to begin on September 24 when he was scheduled to turn himself in to the Sheriff. On motion of Spears’ attorney, that date was extended by the court to September 28. Spears did not turn himself in as ordered by the court and Sheriff Randy Seal obtained a warrant for his arrest.
Washington Parish deputies located Spears on the afternoon of October 8 at his residence off of Highway 62. He fled into adjacent woods when deputies arrived. A manhunt was started with Washington Parish deputies and detectives along with a Rayburn Correctional Center canine team. RCC canines tracked Spears approximately five miles through a heavily wooded area. The manhunt continued until after dark and then resumed early the morning of October 9.
Early that morning, the canine team tracked Spears to an unoccupied residence on Highway 438 in the Stateline community. He had broken into the residence after the homeowners left to go to work and was found hiding inside the residence. In addition to his original drug charges, Spears now faces additional charges of Contempt of Court, Resisting Arrest and Unauthorized Entry Into An Inhabited Dwelling.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “Mr. Spears made very poor decisions when he failed to turn himself in and then fled from our officers. This is a good example of what illegal drug abuse will do to a person. He will still have to go to the Department of Corrections, but I suspect his sentence will be increased. Let’s just hope his future decisions will be better ones.”
“Our deputies and detectives did an outstanding job,” said Seal, “and we are grateful to the canine team from RCC. They are a great group of men and are always eager to assist us when we call on them.”