GEORGIA -- An alleged drug trafficker's high-speed trip was cut short on Wednesday after a chase that ended with a pit maneuver and multiple damaged patrol vehicles.
The chase began after a failed traffic stop by Georgia State Patrol troopers. The suspect, driving a 2013 Chrysler 300, fled from troopers at speeds exceeding 135 mph, authorities said. The driver, later identified as 33-year-old Astor B. Chevalleau II of Florida, even rammed troopers as they attempted to stop him and at one point began traveling the wrong way on I-75 in Monroe County.
Finally, a precision immobilization technique (PIT) maneuver brought the chase to an end while also shedding more light on why the driver ran. According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, investigators found almost 7 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and over 3.5 ounces of liquid hydrocodone. Chevalleau also had a loaded handgun, digital scales and other drug related paraphernalia, officials said.
He was taken to Monroe County Hospital and later to the county sheriff's office for booking. Chevalleau, who already had a lengthy record in Florida, now faces charges of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule II substance with intent to distribute, possession of drug related objects, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement officers and speeding.
He also faces a violation for dark window tint.
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