THOMASVILLE — A Thomasville Post 12 Georgia State Patrol trooper took on the challenge when a vehicle tried to outrun him.
The trooper attempted a traffic stop at Smith Avenue and Hansell Street. The vehicle fled.
"He pursued the vehicle out into the county," said Louis Schofill, Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division commander.
At U.S. 319 North and Dillon Road, objects — narcotics and a firearm — were thrown from the vehicle and later retrieved, Schofill said.
Four people were in the vehicle when the trooper brought it to a halt.
Dontae McRae, the driver, 23, 3015 Willow St., Ochlocknee, and passengers Kendrick Lamar Sanders, 21,121 Kings Drive, Apartment F, and Jailon Duncan, 26, 213 Sunset Lane, Cairo, were taken into custody. Another passenger, a woman, had a fever when she arrived at the jail and is in quarantine at her residence.
"She will turn herself in," Schofill said.
The male suspects were denied bond and are being held in the Thomas County Jail.
The narcotic thrown from the vehicle is spice, a synthetic form of marijuana. The spice weighed 84 grams, close to three ounces.
Schofill said the gun was stolen out of a vehicle three days prior in Thomasville from an address on Merrill Street.
The 9mm Ruger pistol was loaded.
Suspects are charged with trafficking a Schedule I substance, marijuana possession with intent to distribute, tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and theft by receiving stolen property.
Duncan is on probation in a felony fleeing and eluding charge.
Schofill said McRae previously was convicted of seven counts of felony theft by receiving stolen property.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820