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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A dramatic 11 minute chase in Colquitt County was caught by dashboard cameras.

The chase reached speeds of 90-miles per hour through dangerous intersections and along dirt roads. Once the suspects were stopped, police discovered a mobile Meth lab. Police had to tase the driver to capture him. They're still searching for his passenger.

Police say this driver's license had been suspended permanently because of previous driving under the influence charges, there were open containers in the vehicle not to mention the chemicals needed to make Meth.

This is how a Norman Park chase ended after 8:00 Monday night, Officer Mike Welch dashing out of his car followed by sheriff's deputies, only to return with Tony Castleberry in handcuffs.

"The driver tried to duck down into some tall grass, I went up there with the taser drawn on him and he jumped up and I gave him several verbal commands and he would not comply," said Norman Park Officer Mike Welch.

So Welch fired. Castleberry led police from a traffic stop on South Railroad Street into the County sometimes at speed of 90 miles per hour through stop signs to this dead end on Castleberry Road. Inside his SUV chemicals to make a dangerous drug.

"Found some open containers and found chemicals in there used to make Meth," said Welch. Investigators went back over the white Durango looking for fingerprints and have strong leads on the passenger.

"They have a pretty good idea who it is, they were familiar with the suspect when I spoke with them on the phone last night," said Norman Park Police Chief Justin Rutherford.

Because of Colquitt County rural makeup, Meth has become more of a problem.

"They're so mobile they move from location to location in one vehicle and out of another so its hard to track down so when we get a chance to crack down we do," said Rutherford.

"We had one guy that was teaching several other individuals how to make Meth," said Colquitt County Sheriff Al Whittington.

The Sheriff doesn't believe that man was tied to the suspects in this chase, but he did it at no cost so his supply wouldn't run out, something the Sheriff says shows the power of this drug.

Sheriff Whittington hopes the state's Meth campaign ad that have been running on stations including WALB help show the affects of this dangerous drug and make those who are using it think twice.

In addition to manufacturing meth charges, Tony Castleberry is charged with 10 traffic violations that include reckless driving, fleeing, and attempting to elude police.


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