WALTON COUNTY — A Ponce de Leon man was arrested Sunday after stealing his cousin’s all-terrain vehicle, running from deputies and using a shotgun while committing a felony.

Dalton Blake Chamberlain was arrested Sunday after the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report at 2:47 a.m. that an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) was stolen from a man’s yard on Rupert Ray Road.  

Moments after deputies arrived at the man’s home, another man reported he woke up to see his truck on fire and an all-terrain vehicle in his yard on Clyde Brown Road, according to an arrest report from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

While deputies were on their way to the second man’s home, he said the all-terrain vehicle was leaving and he believed the man driving, Chamberlain, was armed with a shotgun.

Deputies found Chamberlain and attempted a traffic stop, but Chamberlain fled.  

A deputy said he saw Chamberlain with his left hand tucked by his stomach, appearing to either be concealing a weapon or holding onto something.

The chase lasted for approximately 7 miles before Chamberlain was arrested, the report said. Deputies found a Mossberg shotgun loaded with one round in the chamber next to the wrecked ATV.

Chamberlain said the ATV belonged to his cousin, the arrest report said. When he was asked why he ran from deputies he said, “It was stupid.”  He admitted he was sitting on the shotgun while he ran from lawmen.

Chamberlain was charged with grand theft, fleeing/eluding deputies with lights and sirens active and use/display of a firearm during a felony.