CAIRO — A high speed chase through Grady County last week resulted in an arrest on multiple traffic violations, and now the Grady County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect has been charged with drug crimes as well.

An officer with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office noticed Kendall Wayne Maxwell depart a lot on Pierce Chapel Road at a high rate of speed, according to a police incident report. The officer attempted to pull over Maxwell, who was known to be wanted on multiple felonies out of Thomas and Grady counties, but the attempted traffic stop quickly turned into a high-speed pursuit..

At least five other officers wound up joining the pursuit as Maxwell traveled west down the dirt path on Pierce Chapel Road before making a right onto Dollar Road while still traveling at a high rate of speed. Authorities briefly lost sight of Maxwell on Grant Road, but another deputy soon spotted him headed south on Highway 93.

The incident report states that Maxwell entered onto the wrong side of the roadway at Highway 93 before losing traction on the loose gravel at the intersection of Meridian Road where he struck a stop sign and pole. Maxwell then attempted to run from the crash but was quickly apprehended.

Inside Maxwell’s vehicle, investigators discovered a large quantity of methamphetamine. An investigator said a magistrate court has since granted warrants for charging Maxwell, 37, with trafficking in methamphetamine.

Maxwell, who was later transported to the emergency room after complaining of a broken leg, also has been charged with attempting to elude an officer, aggressive driving, driving with a suspended license, failure to maintain lane, driving on the wrong side of the road and disregard of a stop sign. He has been denied bond on his charges.

The incident occurred Wednesday at around 6:21 p.m.

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