High speed chase: One arrested on drug charges

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 12:05 a.m., Madison County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brian McIntosh was conducting security checks and routine patrol on U.S. 90 in Lee, when he observed a black four door Nissan sedan traveling west on U.S. 90 at an unlawful rate of speed. Deputy McIntosh attempted to stop the Nissan as it turned south onto CR 255. The driver, identified as Marion D. Thompson, 29, of Monticello refused to stop and began to actively flee. Deputy McIntosh engaged in pursuit and speeds quickly reached 115 miles per hour. Thompson then entered Interstate 10 westbound still refusing to stop. Thompson was observed passing a tractor-trailer by driving in the emergency lane, then accelerating to speeds in excess of 126 miles per hour.

Other deputies were directed to deploy tire deflation devices ahead of the pursuit, however, Thompson finally decided to stop near mile marker 254 prior to reaching the tire deflation devices. Thompson quickly exited the Nissan with his hands up and laid on the ground surrendering to arrest without further incident. Deputy McIntosh conducted a probable cause search of Thompson and the Nissan. McIntosh located a small amount of marijuana and other drug related paraphernalia. Thompson was charged with flee/attempting to elude law enforcement, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, reckless driving and driving while license suspended with knowledge. He has 14 prior arrests and 19 prior charges. The prior charges include larceny, probation violation, battery, cocaine possession, marijuana possession, child neglect, possession of drug equipment, indecent exposure, resisting officer, warrant and driving while license suspended or revoked.

1. Marion D. Thompson

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