By Brian Livingston
A vehicle chase that reached speeds of up to 100 mph Tuesday afternoon ended peacefully on Highway 45 with three people being taken into custody.
According to Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department Chief Dep. Ward Calhoun, the pursuit began around 2:15 p.m. when agents with the East Mississippi Drug Task Force, attempted to make a traffic stop at Crescent Lake Road and Highway 145. The vehicle was a Chevrolet Camaro occupied by three men and a woman. The vehicle sped away south on Highway 145 and the agent immediately called for backup.
"The chase started about five miles north of Clarkdale High School and proceeded at varying speeds down Highway 145 into the northern most part of Clarke County," Calhoun said. "The vehicle then turned onto Highway 45 heading north coming back into Lauderdale County where the pursuit eventually came to an end."
Calhoun said the agents observed several items they thought to be drugs and paraphernalia being thrown from the car in a area between Mitchum Bottom Road and Springhill Loop Road as it traveled northward up Highway 45. Several officers walked slowly along the side of the road in an attempt to located the items thrown from the window. There was no word as whether or not any items were recovered.
The vehicle was stopped by deputies of the LCSD and troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol around 2:50 p.m. Calhoun said deputies with the Clarke County Sheriff's Department had been notified of the chase and were on their way to intercept. But the driver of the vehicle turned from Highway 145 just inside the Clarke County line north toward Meridian before any of the CCSD deputies could arrive to assist.
Three people, two men and a woman, were placed into custody. A fourth person, a man, was released to a relative shortly after the chase ended.
"It will take time to sort out all the details," Calhoun said. "We haven't quite made a determination how many of the people will actually be charged or what offenses will be filed."
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