Tuesday, July 10, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Tuesday afternoon car chase ended in a violent accident and the discovery of 15 pounds of methamphetamine, officials said.
At about 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, a trooper with the Georgia State Patrol attempted to stop a Jeep Cherokee for failure to maintain lane on Interstate 85 southbound near Ga. Highway 316, GSP spokesman Gordy Wright said.
The Jeep fled south before exiting at Beaver Ruin Road. While attempting to turn east off the exit, the driver lost control, hit a vehicle and the concrete median before overturning and coming to rest on yet another vehicle, Wright said.
Troopers subsequently found about 15 pounds of methamphetamine in the Jeep driven by Joel Martinez, 32, or Michoacan, Mexico, authorities said.
Martinez, along with the driver of another vehicle involved in the accident, were taken to the hospital with injuries.
Martinez will be taken to the Gwinnett County Jail and formally charged with drug trafficking upon his release from the hospital, Wright said.