A Boaz, Alabama, man is facing a string of drug and evading arrest charges after allegedly leading authorities on a high-speed chase from Boaz in Marshall County to Dawson in DeKalb County on Friday.
Boaz police encountered 47-year-old Bobby Ray Emery around 9:30 a.m. Friday and Emery allegedly "took off at a high rate of speed, eventually entering DeKalb County on Highway 75," sheriff's office spokesman Tyler Pruett said in a news release.
"After going through Geraldine at speeds in excess of 100 mph and nearly striking several cars on the roadway, the chase eventually ended with the suspect wrecking at the intersection of County Roads 843 and 20 in the Dawson community," Pruett said.
Emery was taken into custody at the crash scene, where officers reported finding him in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Pruett said. Emery also was charged in the chase by Boaz police with attempting to elude law enforcement, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.
Emery faces pending charges in DeKalb County of criminal mischief, first-degree; criminal mischief, third degree; four counts of reckless endangerment; two counts of attempting to elude police; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, first-degree, officials said. Emery also faces outstanding Etowah County and DeKalb County warrants charging him with failure to appear in court on previous charges.
Other agencies involved in the pursuit included the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Crossville Police Department, Henagar Police Department and Geraldine Police Department.
"It's very fortunate that this chase ended with no innocent people hurt. Daytime chases are especially dangerous due to the amount of innocent civilians being on the roadway," DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said in the release.
"If this suspect would have stopped for the Boaz Police Department his life would have been much easier, but instead he chose to run and endangered innocent lives," Welden said. "He now has earned himself around twenty new warrants and numerous traffic citations."
Emery is being held in Boaz on the charges he faces there, Pruett said Monday. Emery will face the DeKalb County charges after his Marshall County charges are resolved.
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