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High-speed pursuit in Texas leads to marijuana seizure

Three Texas law enforcement agencies worked together on July 21 to end a high-speed chase that began in Sherman County and ended in Moore County. Deputies from the Moore County Sheriff's Office say that the individual behind the wheel of the vehicle being pursued was likely attempting to elude law enforcement because he was transporting about 80 pounds of marijuana. The suspect was arraigned at the Moore County Jail on drug charges before being turned over to deputies from the Sherman County Sheriff's Office.

The pursuit is said to have begun on U.S. Highway 287 in Sherman County. SCSO deputies say that the vehicle reached speeds of up to 110 mph as it headed south toward Moore County. Initial reports did not describe the vehicle or its driver and provide no indication as to why the deputies had attempted to pull it over.

Deputies from the MCSO are said to have contacted the Dumas Police Department for assistance. According to media reports, the vehicle was eventually disabled by spike strips that had been deployed by DPD officers. MCSO deputies say that they took the suspect into custody on drug charges following a brief foot pursuit.

The chances of eluding law enforcement are slim, and experienced criminal defense attorneys may advise their clients to resist the urge to flee when faced with the prospect of imminent arrest. In addition to possibly leading to additional charges, attempting to escape from the police provides officers with the probable cause needed to conduct warrantless searches and could make it more difficult for defense attorneys to negotiate favorable plea agreements.

Source: My High Plains, "80 lbs of Marijuana Discovered After High-Speed Chase Ends in Moore County", Judd Baker, July 23, 2018

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