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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
 In August of 2012 Lowndes County deputies arrested two men after a dangerous high-speed chase that lasted nearly an hour.

Bacari McCarthen and Thomas Chenault, both from Florida, started fleeing law men in Hamilton County, Florida and came into Georgia, reaching speeds topping 120 miles per hour.

Deputies and state troopers performed a pit maneuver leading to a crash that ended the chase in Lake Park.

"They were really really aggressive in their driving, in fact they tried to hit several of the patrol cars in the chase, it was a pretty traumatic chase," said Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine.

Bacari McCarthren has had his trial, and was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison by District Judge Hugh Lawson in Valdosta federal court Wednesday.

U. S. Attorney Michael Moore said in a news release today that McCarthren's car contained a plastic wrapped package concealed behind the dashboard containing 84.8 grams of cocaine, which was seized and tested by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

"A drug dealer is bad enough, but a drug dealer who puts the public in harm's way while running from the law, that's inexcusable.  Mr. McCarthren put drugs in our communities and danger on our streets, and I think it is fitting that his next ride on the public roadways won't be for twenty years," said Moore.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in Jasper, Florida.  Assistant United States Attorney Peter Leary handled the prosecution for the Government.

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