A California man remains in custody after allegedly tossing a duffel bag full of marijuana out of a car during a high-speed police chase in Morgan County last night.
Forty-four-year-old William Vaughn of North Highlands was booked at the Morgan County Jail at around 1:45 this morning for cannabis trafficking, possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, and aggravated fleeing or eluding police.
According to Chief Deputy Mike Carmody, Vaughn was pulled over driving eastbound on Interstate 72 by Deputy Derek Suttles just after midnight after Suttles observed Vaughn crossing the right fog line. Vaughn apparently fled the traffic stop after the deputy went back to his squad car to run information.
Carmody says Suttles pursued Vaughn and enlisted the help of two other deputies. He says Vaughn discarded a duffel bag containing about 12 pounds of what’s believed to be cannabis about eight miles into the chase.
Vaughn reportedly drove for a total of 15 miles, and the chase ended in the westbound lane after Carmody says Vaughn used an emergency turn area, but not before apparently speeding in excess of 100 miles per hour at times.
Carmody says deputies were eventually able to get the vehicle stopped and take Vaughn into custody without further incident.
He says the street value of the drugs is estimated to be around $36-thousand. A small amount of cash was also seized.
Bond will be set for Vaughn tomorrow. He remains in custody at the Morgan County Jail.