JESUP, GA. | A man trying to avoid a checkpoint at the Glynn County line to prevent everyone but critical workers from returning thought he had found an alternative route, but it didn’t work as planned.
The man hit a checkpoint at U.S. 341 at the Wayne-Glynn county line Tuesday afternoon and was told to make a U-turn back to the north, Wayne County Sheriff John Carter said. The highway is not the only straight road into the town, and the man apparently thought he had something figured out, the sheriff said.
“He tried to drive the railroad tracks to Glynn County,” Carter said. “He got his car hung up on the rails.”
And of course the Sheriff’s Office was called.
“I guess he thought he was going to jail, so he ran out in the woods at Sansavilla [Wildlife Management Area],” Carter said. “There’s a lot of water in the woods, and the snakes go to the high ground. We didn’t chase him.”
When his office contacted Norfolk Southern, the railroad said the car had to be moved for train traffic, Carter said.
“We tore his car up pretty good getting it off the tracks,” Carter said.
The Georgia State Patrol will handle any possible charges against the driver of the Toyota.
But the would-be track driver was not the only adventuresome sort.
Another tried to weave through Sansavilla on the network of dirt roads to bypass the checkpoint.
“He got lost, and I had three deputies tied up looking for him. We never found him,” Carter said.
Even if there were a way around, the roads were all flooded or at least too muddy to drive, Carter said.
People even tried to get through the checkpoint with counterfeit critical workers’ passes, and some presented cell phone pictures of the passes as actual credentials, he said.
Carter said some people need license plates that read “Idiot.”
Terry Dickson: (912) 264-0405