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NCSO: Wanted man injures deputy
Area law enforcement joins in manhunt

COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies are scouring the countryside searching for a man who resisted arrest Friday morning and sent a deputy to the hospital.

According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell, Wayne Austin Carmack, 44, of Porterdale was wanted on misdemeanor charges of failure to pay child support and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. A tip was received at the NCSO that Carmack was in the Mansfield area.

When deputies attempted to serve a warrant and arrest him about 11 a.m. at a business at the intersection of Ga. highways 11 and 213, he began fighting.

"When deputies got out, the first deputy who had contact got into an altercation with him," Mitchell said. "Somehow during the altercation the deputy was injured. He was transported to Newton Medical Center for non-lifethreatening injuries."

Mitchell said the deputy suffered a badly brused arm and other "superficial injuries."

Carmack fled on foot, but as of late Friday afternoon, he had continued to elude law enforcement officers. Mitchell said the DeKalb County Police Department sent its helicopter to aid in the search and assistance was given from several area agencies and canines were on the ground.

Mitchell described Carmack as "scruffy" in appearance, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds with brown hair.

He now has felony charges pending against him of aggravated battery, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and giving a false name or information to a law enforcement officer.

Anyone who sees him should call 911, Mitchell said.

"We don't take it lightly when a suspect puts his hands on an officer and that's why we're using every available resource to track him down and put him in jail," Mitchell said.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections Web site, Carmack was convicted in 1986 of armed robbery in Jackson County and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.