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Madison County high-speed chase ends with drug-related arrest

Earl Davis
Posted at 12:32 PM, Dec 19, 2012

MADISON CO., Fla. -- A man is facing several charges after leading a deputy on a high speed chase through Madison County, according to Sheriff Ben Stewart.

The incident began on Sunday, December 16. Madison County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brad Johnson was patrolling an area where complaints had been received concerning drug activity.

Deputy Johnson spotted the suspect, 43-year-old Earl Dewayne Davis, driving a gray sedan. Deputy Johnson said he knew that Davis' license was suspended and his tag was expired. He pulled the vehicle over and asked for his license.

Deputy Johnson said that he detected a strong odor of marijuana permeating the vehicle. During the stop,

Davis turned away as if to retrieve his driver license, but instead put the vehicle in gear and sped away from the deputy.

The suspect led deputies on a chase that ended just south of Summerset Way on State Road 14. The vehicle lost power and stopped. Davis was arrested.

The vehicle was searched, and deputies say they  found a pill bottle, several Hydrocodone pills, a large scale, marijuana residue, shoe box containing a large number of small plastic baggies commonly used to package marijuana and a small amount of loose marijuana in the vehicle.

The man is charged with feeling and eluding, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, possession of controlled substance, driving with license suspended or revoked and expired tag.