Deputies search for federal fugitive

Putnam County deputies continue to work with U.S. marshals to try to track Eric Bolton down. (U.S. Marshals Service)

Putnam County deputies continue to search for federal fugitive Eric Bolton, who deputies said led police on a high-speed chase across the area Tuesday.

Neighbors who lived next to Bolton in Scott Depot said they had no idea their neighbor was wanted for violating supervised release conditions from a 1995 federal drug charge.

"He was a friendly guy," one neighbor told Eyewitness News. "I was definitely shocked. I was pretty taken aback to learn he was a federal fugitive. He is even on the run and armed and dangerous."

With assistance from U.S. marshals, deputies with the Putnam County Sheriff's Special Enforcement Unit searched Bolton's home. Investigators found 15 pounds of marijuana, more than 2 pounds of cocaine, 9,000 Oxycodone pills and more than $100,000 in cash.

"It's one of the largest we've seen here," Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese said. "Nine thousand Oxycodone pills is one of the largest we have seen in the state."

On Tuesday, Putnam County deputies got a hit on Bolton's license plate. When they tried to pull him over, he took off, deputies said. Bolton led police on a chase reaching speeds of 130 mph. The chase ended in a crash in Mason County.

"Normally you don't see that. A BMW that is worth well over $100,000 crashed on John's Creek," Deweese said.

Bolton got away and is still on the run tonight. Deputies continue to work with U.S. marshals to track him down. Deputies have issued arrest warrants for Bolton on three counts of possession of drugs with intent to deliver. They said more charges are likely. Bolton is considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information that could help police find him, call 911.

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