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Suspect arrested after high speed chase

By By Marianne Todd/The Meridian Star
Aug. 13, 2001
An early morning high speed chase through Meridian and Lauderdale County has resulted in the arrest of a Lauderdale County man who may be wanted on felony charges.
Maj. Ward Calhoun of the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department said investigators will determine today if the suspect is being sought on charges other than the numerous traffic violations made during the chase.
The man gave chase when narcotics agents with the East Mississippi Drug Task Force attempted to make a traffic stop around 8 a.m. on the west side of Meridian. The man, whose name will be released after formal charges have been made, drove his car at speeds of more than 100 mph along Interstate 20 to the Russell exit, Calhoun said.
Two narcotics units, along with four marked deputy cars, chased the Maxima south on Mt. Gilead Road to Highway 496, to the intersection of Jeff Davis School Road.
The man was taken into custody and transported to the Lauderdale County Detention Facility where investigators will determine if the man will face additional charges.
Marianne Todd is a staff writer for the Meridian Star. Call her at 693-1551, ext. 3303, or e-mail her at mtodd@themeridianstar.com.