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Lankford charged for high-speed chase
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A man faces multiple charges after he led officers on a high-speed chase and then left his brass knuckles behind when he abandoned his car.
The suspect, Gary Lee Lankford Jr., 40, will face hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on Thursday on charges of evading arrest, reckless endangerment, possession of a prohibited weapon and driving on a suspended license.
His charges come after Lankford fled from Sheriff’s Investigator Steven Carpenter who was trying to stop him on Bluff Springs Road. The chase soon entered Francis Ferry Road which runs parallel to Bluff Springs in the northern portion of the county.
“The driver passed several vehicles in no passing lanes on Francis Ferry putting others at risk,” Carpenter said in his warrant against the driver.
The officer lost sight of the Nissan Maxima around Locke Bend Road but then found the vehicle abandoned off C. Rowland Road.
Paperwork in the vehicle showed the car was registered to Lankford. Further linking him to the car was a witness who said Lankford took time to drop off his dog at a nearby apartment before running into the woods.
Lankford was driving on a suspended license, taken from him for failing to satisfy citations. Lawmen also found a pair of brass knuckles laying on the passenger seat of his car.