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Alleged Meth Trafficker’s Car Breaks Down during Highway Pursuit

Tommy Murphy
Staff Writer

An alleged meth trafficker’s car gave out on him during an interstate chase while fleeing from sheriff’s deputies. The high speed chase must have been too much for the suspect’s car because it began to smoke and eventually stopped just short of LaGrange, leading to the Pine Mountain man’s arrest.

On the night of April 8, around 11:27 p.m., Troup County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted a traffic stop on a white Nissan Sentra that was traveling south on Interstate 85 near mile marker 23, between Hogansville and La-Grange.

Deputies attempted to pull over the vehicle for Following Too Closely, but the driver refused to stop and attempted to flee, continuing south on I-85.

The driver, later identified as William Mark Vining, led deputies on a five mile chase to near the LaGrange exit, where the Nissan began to smoke.

Deputies say that when his vehicle would no longer run, Vining stopped the vehicle on the right shoulder of the road and refused to get out.

Deputies later gained entry into the Nissan and Vining was removed from the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed approximately 2 lbs of methamphetamine, wrapped in bundles of green cellophane, and approximately 180 grams of marijuana, also wrapped in green cellophane.

As a result, Vining, age 49, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Fleeing/Attempting to Elude Officers, Reckless Driving, and additional traffic offenses.

Vining is currently being held at the Troup County Jail where he was denied bond.

The author of this article can be reached via email at info@troupcountynews. net.

The methamphetamine and marijuana recovered from Vining’s vehicle.