Police pursuit ends with crack cocaine arrest
by James Phillips
Oct 05, 2010 | 5199 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Antonio Daniel
Antonio Daniel
A Sumiton man, who ran through a driver license checkpoint Sunday afternoon, was later arrested on drug charges when police found 7.8 grams of crack cocaine inside his vehicle after a high speed chase.

Antonio Daniel, 22, is being held in the Walker County Jail on charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, attempting to elude, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Sumiton officer Chris Daugherty said he watched a gold Pontiac Bonneville traveling west on Main Street at a high speed almost strike several vehicles that were stopped at the red light at the intersection of Main Street and Oak Drive. The Pontiac passed the other vehicles on the shoulder of the road and ran the red light.

Daugherty said the car matched the description of a vehicle that ran through a driver license checkpoint earlier in the day.

"When he ran through the checkpoint, he almost ran over a state trooper and a Sumiton officer," Daugherty said. "I attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle and it accelerated."

The officer followed the suspect at high speeds on Main Street until the vehicle turned on Park Street.

"The suspect nearly lost control of his vehicle by the city park," Daugherty said.

The vehicle came to a stop about 50 yards from the park, Daugherty said. Daniel bailed out of the car and the officer pursued on foot up 3rd Avenue North. Daniel ran to his residence on 3rd Avenue where Daugherty said he made contact and took the suspect to the ground.

Sumiton assistant chief Ryan Nix said he arrived on scene at this point and after a short scuffle the two officers took Daniel into custody.

Nix said after the pursuit officer David Waid found two baggies of crack cocaine in the vehicle. Nix also used his narcotics canine Molly to trace the path of the foot chase and found another baggie of the drug. All three baggies totaled 7.8 grams.