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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Agents say some drug dealers will stop at nothing to escape capture.

They are now sharing dashcam video showing two suspects leading agents on a high speed chase through South Albany Wednesday afternoon.

One of the suspects jumped out of the speeding car, and it was all caught on tape.

As seen from the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit dash cam, a suspect jumps from a white car while it's going about 35 miles per hour. After he stops rolling, the suspect, holding a backpack, starts running to a house. Drug agents say they have seen it before.

A.D.D.U. Commander Major Bill Berry

The chase started around 1:20 p.m. Drug agents got a tip that drugs were being sold from a white Mazda with a Florida tag, and soon spotted a car that matched that description.

The driver took off when agents tried to pull the car over, speeding through neighborhood streets in South Albany.

"That's the dangerous part," said A.D.D.U. Commander Major Bill Berry, "that they have no regard for people that were in the neighborhood [and] the streets.  [They were] busting stop signs, cutting across heavily traveled roads. It puts their lives in danger, the officers chasing them in danger, and it puts people just innocently in the neighborhood in danger."

The chase reached speeds of up to 80 miles per hour, when suddenly the passenger jumped out.  Officer Richard Norman, driving this car,  made the split second decision to stop the man on the run.

"The passenger opens the door, falls out, hits the ground, takes off running, said Norman. "Running south so what I'm going to do is try to cut him off south of his location.  If he was still running south he would have come out right here."

But agents say 34 year old Denevious Morman instead ran right into his house, where officers found him.

"Had some abrasions on his legs and arms from where he fell as he jumped out of the moving car and skinned his side up.  The clothes matched up to his abrasions, and it's the same thing we see here in the video," said Berry.

Drug agents found marijuana and crack cocaine in that backpack in Morman's house, and he was charged with possession and intent to distribute. They say they can't explain why he chose to jump out of the car right in front of his own home, but the video tells the story.

Drug agents lost that white Mazda while capturing Morman, and tonight they are still searching for it. They know it's a rental car, with Florida tags.

Agents say the arrest was thanks to the tip called in by a concerned citizen.

They encourage people to let them know about drug activity.

You can call the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit at 430-5150.

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