By Brian Livingston
Two men, each having several outstanding warrants for their arrest, were apprehended Saturday after getting involved in a car chase with Marion Police Department units.
Marion PD Capt. Casey Hoffer said Monday afternoon the two men, Cordez Hopson and Deshun Demitrus Miller, were taken into custody after leading several Marion units on a short chase through town.
"We were able to get a unit in front of them and get the vehicle blocked in," Hoffer said. "We were then able to get several officers on them pretty quickly."
Hoffer said they were able to take them into custody without further incident.
According to Lauderdale County jail records, Marion PD officers have now charged Cordez Hopson, 26, of 2704 Valley Road in Meridian, with felony fleeing in a motor vehicle. Cordez was placed on $20,000 bond for the offense and is currently in jail in Meridian.
According to LCSD jail records, Cordez has been named in an indictment from a recent session of the Lauderdale County grand jury on two charges of the sale of methamphetamine. There was no information available as to when the indictments were originally handed down.
Miller, 28, of 502 Terry Road in Lauderdale, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent and tampering with physical evidence.
"We observed Mr. Miller throwing out marijuana from the vehicle during the chase," Hoffer said. "I guess he didn't count on us going back and finding it."
LCSD jail records showed Miller was also wanted for domestic violence, contempt of court and two offenses of failure to pay child support. Miller has been placed on a total of $16,000 bond for the charges.
Hoffer said at about 3 p.m. Saturday, members of the Marion PD were conducting a narcotics detail when they attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle Miller and Hopson were in. Hoffer said the traffic stop attempt was on Dale Drive in Marion but then the vehicle sped away. Hoffer said the Marion PD agents pursued the vehicle to Marion Gardens and then Marion Drive before another unit was able to slip out of a side road and get in front of the vehicle.
"The lead vehicle slowed down and more units arrived effectively blocking in the suspect vehicle," Hoffer said. "From there it was just a routine matter of getting everyone into custody and starting the investigation."