Between 2 and 3 a.m. Saturday, officers were patrolling an area known for its drug activity when Christopher Tam Peoples, 46, was spotted at a well-known, drug-related residence. Peoples was a former Carbon Hill police officer in the ‘90s and has been arrested in the past for trafficking methamphetamine, manufacturing of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, use and possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.
Officer Jordan Roberts stopped Peoples’ vehicle for probable cause at the exit ramp of I-22 off Nauvoo Road and proceeded to ask him if he had any illegal narcotics in the vehicle.
Carbon Hill Police Chief Jason Richardson said Peoples told officer Roberts “no” the first time he asked, but when Roberts asked Peoples a second time, Peoples sped away onto the interstate.
“When he (Peoples) gassed on the pedal, he slid the car sideways and almost hit officer Roberts. He jumps out of the way, and I pull out from behind Roberts and take off after Tam,” Richardson said. “When we get up on the interstate, at that moment we were 10-100, which means that you’re driving at reckless high speeds. Roberts was at 130 mph trying to catch up to us, so we were 150 mph plus at least.”
From I-22, Richardson said Peoples took Exit 52 in Carbon Hill and jumped on Hwy. 118. Then, Peoples turned around, got back onto I-22 and drove until he got to Exit 53 around the Townley area. After exiting Richardson said he followed Peoples onto Wire Road where he and Roberts eventually lost him.
“We didn’t know why he ran at that point in time, but [it was] confirmed that the reason he ran was because he said he wasn’t going to go back to jail again and that he had been doing meth,” Richardson said. “That’s why he took off. He didn’t want us to search the vehicle.”
Richardson said police are still searching for Peoples. He currently has three charges against him with the Carbon Hill Police Department, not including a failure to appear in Pelham and numerous charges to file with the police chase, which will include reckless endangerment, attempting to elude, failure to obey a police officer, unlawful order and numerous traffic violations.