MICHAEL BLAINE OLIVER is now in federal custody after being arrested by deputies with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office. (Photo source: Grady County S.O.)
Deputies with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit apprehended a man wanted by federal authorities last week after they received information that the suspect was en route to Grady County. Michael Blaine Oliver, 28, Cairo, was wanted on an outstanding federal arrest warrant with the U.S. Marshals Service, according to Capt. Chris Luckey, commander of the drug unit.
Local law enforcement officers had learned that Oliver would be driving a blue Geo Tracker, and Agent Michael Logue found the compact S.U.V. in the Spence area of Grady County where a brief vehicle pursuit ensued Wednesday, June 17, at 9:03 p.m. Oliver allegedly abandoned the vehicle on Gilliard Road and fled the scene on foot.
Officers with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia State Patrol Aviation and Thomas County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. team searched the area throughout the night, Luckey says.
“Deputies answered several 911 calls in the area from alert citizens who had confirmed sightings of Oliver,” Luckey states. “Finally, an alert citizen called 911 when they spotted Oliver walking down GA 93N around 9:00 a.m. on June 18, 2020.”
SSgt. Clay Murphy and Sgt. Jeff Riggins with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area and were able to take Oliver into custody without incident.
Luckey states, “Oliver was transported to the Grady County Detention Center then turned over to the Marshals later that afternoon.”