Texas: High-speed chase ends in crash, $60K of cocaine discovered

By Paul S. Martinez
The Beaumont Enterprise

A routine traffic stop Monday turned into a high-speed chase that ended with an accident and confiscation of more than $60,000 worth of cocaine, Beaumont police said.

A Beaumont police officer tried to stop a 2007 Nissan Altima going east on Interstate 10 near mile marker 850 at about 12:52 a.m. for speeding and a lane change violation, according to police reports.

The driver, identified only as a 27-year-old North Carolina man, sped away, and police pursued him into Orange County, police said.

The pursuit reached speeds of 110 mph and ended when the Nissan's driver rear-ended another vehicle near I-10 mile marker 863, according to police reports.

No one was injured in the crash, police said.

Police said the driver tried to run, and they chased him into the westbound lane before catching him, police said.

When police searched the Altima, they reported finding about three kilograms of cocaine — worth between $60,000 and $80,000-in plain sight on the floor of the passenger's side, police said.

The man was booked for possession of a controlled substance and evading arrest in a motor vehicle.

He is being held in Jefferson County Jail without bond at the request of the Drug Enforcement Agency, which will take over the case, police said.

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