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Fugitive nabbed

When a man authorities have been seeking for several weeks approached Deputy David Ridings during a traffic stop, Ridings immediately drew his weapon and put Joseph David Cain on the defensive.

“Cain got off the motorcycle and started walking toward Deputy First Class (Josh) Perigo and myself. I exited my ... patrol car, drawing my county-issued service pistol, keeping it at low ready while giving Cain verbal commands to keep his hands up and get on the ground,” Ridings said in a Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

Ridings and Perigo gave Cain — a fugitive from a standoff incident last month — “several verbal commands” before he complied and laid on the ground.

Cain, 29, of 2086 Clear Creek Road, was being sought by authorities when they went to serve warrants on Rose Ray Court in early February, but he left before deputies arrived. Sean Robert Joannides, 27, and Michael Pro (no age given), were charged with several crimes after the standoff lasting around four hours that day, including theft by receiving stolen property and bond and probation violations.

Cain was charged March 12 with possession of methamphetamine, possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of a drug-related object, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, driving while license withdrawn, bond violation and failure to appear.

On Tuesday of last week when he was arrested, Cain was seen on a street motorcycle near the intersection of Big Creek Road and Scrougetown Road, and Ridings knew he had been avoiding authorities.

“I initiated my red and blue lights and turned left onto Scrougetown Road to conduct a traffic stop,” the report states. 

“Cain looked back at me but continued to drive north ... I then turned on my siren but Cain did not stop. (Perigo) and I continued to follow Cain at speeds of 25-35 mph.”

Ridings advised shift supervisor Sgt. Mark Patrick of the situation, then noticed Cain “tossed a container from his person” on Scrougetown Road. Ridings advised Perigo of the item, and Cain stopped the motorcycle. 

Cpl. Jimmy Long arrived and took custody of Cain. When Ridings and Perigo searched the motorcycle, they found syringes, digital scales and a “clear plastic baggie that contained a crystal-like substance (meth),” according to the report.

Ridings advised Cain of his Miranda rights and asked him if he “wished to talk about the illegal substance, and (Cain) avoided the question.” When the meth was weighed with the scales, it measured 11.6 grams.

“I asked Cain why he didn’t stop, and he stated that he didn’t want to catch another drug charge,” Ridings said.

Cain is being held without bond in the county jail, according to a jail media report.

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