November 30, 2017  |  08:10 am

“It was all in a day’s work” for St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s K9s who located a missing elderly man and apprehended a fleeing suspect on Tuesday (November 28).

At approximately 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, STPSO deputies were dispatched to a Mandeville area residence located off of Highway 1088 after a man called to report his 93-year-old father had not been seen in about an hour. 

When they arrived at the scene, members of the Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division and Criminal Patrol deputies set up a perimeter and began to search the area.

K9 Freya, a tracking hound who specializes in finding missing persons, and her handler were also called to the scene.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., K9 Freya located the man deep in the woods on the 13-acre property where he had fallen and was unable to get back up.

Mandeville Fire-Medics transported the man who was in good condition to a local hospital. 

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Shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, a deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a Ford Mustang that was driving erratically on Interstate 12. The vehicle failed to stop and instead the driver turned off his headlights and exited the interstate in an apparent attempt to elude the deputy.

Numerous deputies and Slidell Police actively pursued the vehicle as the driver continued to drive erratically through the Slidell area.

As he approached the traffic circle at the intersection of Hwy 1090 and Cleo Road, the driver lost control of the vehicle.

The Mustang crossed the roadway and exited the right shoulder, before crossing back over the roadway and crashing into a concrete culvert on the left shoulder.

After the vehicle struck the culvert, the driver, George Dargis (DOB 11/18/1978; 580 Smith Street, Mandeville), exited his disabled vehicle and fled on foot. 

K-9 Marko and his handler were dispatched to the scene and began tracking the subject. K-9 Marko successfully located Dargis hiding near a fence line in a patch of trees and apprehended him.

While searching the vehicle, deputies located an unmarked prescription bottle containing what was determined to be liquid codeine.

Dargis was taken into custody and treated at a local hospital before being transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail, where he was booked on the following charges:

14:99 Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle

14:108.1 Felony Aggravated Flight from an Officer

40:967C Felony Possession of Schedule II CDS