Meridian Star

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May 6, 2014

Speeds topping 100 mph reached in chase

MERIDIAN — By Michael Stewart

    A Lauderdale County man accused of leading deputies on a high speed chase late Saturday night is facing multiple charges, including that of fleeing and eluding.

    Eric Loeber, 28, is in custody at the Lauderdale County Detention Facility on a $22,000 bond.

    Shortly before midnight Saturday, a Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department deputy pulled Loeber over near the Wendy's on 22nd Avenue near North Frontage Road for driving in two lanes.

    "When the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver decided he didn't want to deal with the deputy and drove off," Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun said.

    Loeber is accused of leading deputies on a chase down 22nd Avenue Heights, to Highway 45, Highway 19 South and State Road 496 to a logging road where Loeber reportedly bailed out of his pickup truck and ran into the woods.

    "The chase ended near where he resides on KOA Campground Road," Calhoun said.

    Deputies found Loeber in the woods where he resisted arrest and was subdued with a shot from a Taser gun, Calhoun said.  A deputy suffered a slight injury during the foot pursuit.

    Deputies reported that Loeber was driving at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour at times during the high speed chase.

    In addition to fleeing and eluding, Loeber was charged with careless driving, DUI, suspended drivers license, littering and operating a vehicles with no liability insurance.

    Loeb has prior DUI charges listed in The Meridian Star archives.

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