A man faces a number of charges after he fled lawmen on a motorcycle Saturday night and crashed near the Catholic Church.
The fugitive, Donald Christopher Turner, 29, is charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
The chase started around 8 p.m. Saturday when Turner allegedly blew past sheriff’s deputy Jared Jacobs. The officer, who was heading home but was still in his patrol unit, fell in behind the motorcycle.
“He was speeding and crossing the double yellow line on turns on Faulkner Springs Road,” Jacobs said, noting he chased the suspect for over 20 minutes with his lights and siren on, trying to stop him. “He was going speeds 75 to 80 mph and passed vehicles on double yellow lines several times.”
The motorcycle chase came to a crashing halt when he wrecked at the intersection of Pace Street and Faulkner Springs. However, Turner was not ready to give up yet as he refused the officer’s order to halt as he ran away. He was unable to get very far as Jacobs ran him down from behind about a 100 yards later and took him into custody.
It was at that time the deputy found out he was carrying drugs.
“He had approximately 2.5 grams of methamphetamine and numerous baggies,” the deputy said, noting there was also some hydrocodone found on him and pipes with meth and marijuana residue. Turner was also driving on a suspended license.