A local man was arrested on numerous charges Friday night after he led police on a high speed chase, allegedly while high on marijuana.
Late Friday night about 10:34 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department were in the area of Troup Street near Fourth Avenue, when officers observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was quickly determined to be traveling at least 15 miles per hour over the limit, so officers initiated a routine traffic stop.
What happened next was far from routine. Just as officers activated their blue lights to pull over the maroon Mercury Mariner, the vehicle ran a stop sign at Brownwood Street and then almost immediately ran another stop sign at on Monroe Street.
Once it became clear that the driver wasn’t planning on stopping, officers contacted police supervisors and got cleared to continue the potentially dangerous pursuit. At the time, police were following the car at only about 40 mph, but after the Mercury ran a third and fourth stop sign, the vehicle sped up to reach speeds of nearly 80 mph in a 30 mph zone.
Eventually, the driver began to slow down on Orchard Hill near Lukken Industrial Boulevard. The vehicle then pulled to the right side of the road and the driver placed his hands out the window giving himself up. The driver and passenger were then immediately detained by police.
The driver, Marcus Darcell Daniels, was then placed under arrest and taken into custody. During a search to arrest, officers found a large plastic bag of suspected marijuana in his pants pocket.
Both Daniels and the passenger were later determined to be clear of any warrants, so the passenger was released.
During the investigation, police noticed that Daniels had slow lethargic reactions. Thinking this was the result of marijuana use, officers asked Daniels when he had last smoked marijuana. Daniels then admitted to having smoked within the last hour or two.
Since Daniels was already handcuffed for the prior incidents, police did not have him attempt any sobriety tests. Daniels did later submit to a drug test, which was conducted at the West Georgia Medical Center.
As a result of the events, Daniels, age 34, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Fleeing/Attempting to Elude Police, Reckless Driving, Speeding, Stop Sign Violation, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs – Less Safe, and Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce.
Daniels was later released from the Troup County Jail on bond.