DeKalb County, Ala., authorities on Thursday spotted a car sitting in the middle of the road that quickly sped away when a deputy pulled up launching short chase that ended in arrests on drug and weapons charges.
DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said in a statement that the deputy found the car stopped in the middle of County Road 964. When the deputy pulled up and turned on his blue lights, the car sped away "at high speed."
Harris said the Marshall County Sheriff's Office and Albertville Police Department were alerted to the chase headed their direction.
"As the vehicle turned around at the Marshall County line they wrecked in a ditch," the statement said.
Driver Jose Guadalupe Perez, 28, of Albertville, and passenger, Miguel DeJesus, 22, of Kilpatrick, were placed under arrest.
Officers searched the vehicle and found open containers of beer, a cooler of beer, a clear pipe containing white residue, a clear baggie with an off white substance inside that tested positive for meth. Inside the trunk, officers found a short barrel shotgun, another shotgun and brass knuckles, according to Harris.
Both Perez and Jesus were charged with attempt to elude police, reckless endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a short barrel rifle/shotgun, unlawful possession of a prohibited beverage, carrying brass knuckles/sling shot, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Perez was also arrested on warrants for probation violation and reckless endangerment, officials said.
"Thanks to Marshall County's Deputies, Albertville Police, Geraldine Police and our deputies for their quick response in this pursuit," Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson said in the statement. "They did a great job on arresting these two individuals without any incident."