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Valley crime: Adam Carlton Howard, 33, arrested after high-speed chase

An Opelika, Ala., man was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Valley, Ala., after a high-speed car chase, police said.

Adam Carlton Howard, 33, faces drug and traffic charges after the 90-second chase that almost left a road worker injured, said Valley Police Maj. Mike Reynolds.

An officer tried to stop an older model Grand Marquise around 1:15 p.m. EDT on Columbus Road. Instead of stopping, the car sped off, the major said.

“The chase lasted for about a minute 30 seconds and reached speeds of 100 miles per hour,” Reynolds added. “A flag man was almost struck by the fleeing vehicle.”

The car collided with a parked vehicle at Columbus and California roads when it took a turn and kept going, not stopping until it reached Plantation Road, Reynolds said.

“The driver of the vehicle was captured a short distance away,” Reynolds said.

A small bag of suspected methamphetamine was found at the spot where the suspect was taken into custody. Another man in the car wasn’t caught, Reynolds said.

In addition, drug paraphernalia was discovered in the car, the major added.

Reynolds said that Howard has a warrant out of Chambers County for possession of a controlled substance. Also, the Montgomery Pardons and Parole Office wants Howard for a parole violation, the major said.

The suspect became sick once in custody, and he was taken to the hospital. He was treated for dehydration, and Reynolds said it was suspected he may have swallowed what could have been drugs.

The suspect declined to remain at the hospital, and he was booked into jail, the major said.

Howard is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, attempting to elude, possession of drug paraphernalia and reckless endangerment. He also was cited for speeding, having no insurance, leaving the scene of an accident and having his driver’s license revoked, Reynolds said.

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