A driver clocked at roughly 106 mph was stopped and arrested after a chase Friday night in Jackson County, according to a press release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities say a deputy was patrolling southbound on State Road 73 north that evening when he saw a vehicle speeding northbound. He gave chase, noting that radar indicated a speed of around 106 mph. The driver sped up once the deputy turned around to follow, officials say.
As they approached the SR 73/U.S. 231 intersection, the driver slowed and went around a stopped vehicle, then turned northbound on to U.S. 231. He traveled into the southbound traffic lanes, then crossed the median and entered the northbound lanes, officials report.
Upon crossing the median, the vehicle suffered damage to the front end and front passenger side area. The deputy was able to catch up to the vehicle approximately one mile from Highway 162, when the suspect vehicle’s right front tire went down and came apart. Authorities report. The vehicle turned east onto Hwy 162 and pulled to the shoulder of the road due to the vehicle becoming disabled.
Upon stopping on the shoulder of the road, the vehicle’s driver and passenger exited the vehicle but were taken into custody.
The driver was identified as Tramel Jacques Holmes. The passenger was identified but released with no charges. Upon searching the driver’s side of the vehicle, a small amount of marijuana and an unknown pill substance was found in a cigarette pack in the driver’s seat, officials report.
The area where the driver was taken into custody was searched and a plastic bag that contained a small amount of crack cocaine was located that had been discarded. In a post-Miranda statement, Holmes reportedly admitted to possessing the marijuana and the unknown pill substance which he stated was Ecstasy, according to the release.
Holmes, 32, of Marianna, was arrested and transported to the Jackson County Correctional Facility to await first appearance on charges of reckless driving, fleeing/attempt to elude a law enforcement officer, possession of controlled substance (cocaine), and possession of marijuana-less than 20 grams.