BARBOUR COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - It all started as a routine traffic stop. But when a Barbour County Sheriff's deputy tried to pull over a female driver on Highway 431, police say she didn't hit the brakes.
The deputy followed behind the Florida woman at speeds of more than 100 miles an hour and noticed the driver was tossing something out of the car.
"She kept on going and ended up throwing out a large amount of what we suspect to be cocaine before she crashed her vehicle," said Barbour County Sheriff LeRoy Upshaw.
The car hit a guardrail, flipped over and fell down an embankment on the other side. Amazingly, the driver walked away without a scratch but not without charges.
The Sheriff says she was transporting the drugs from Atlanta to Panama City.
"We estimate from the video approximately a kilo of cocaine-2.2 pounds. It depends on how you break it up and sell it what it's worth but wholesale, $20,000. That's if you buy it one time but if you break it up and sell it, it's a lot more," he said.
Then, Monday- another chase, same M.O. This time, it involved the Sheriff himself.
"As a result of an ongoing investigation, I was able to get behind a suspected drug dealer, initiated by blue lights to have him pull to the side of the road, he did not, he increased his speed to approximately 100 miles per hour, he tossed several packages of what later turned out to be crack cocaine and marijuana out the window," Upshaw explained.
The Sheriff got the drugs but he cut the chase short in busy morning traffic. Now, authorities are working to track the suspect down.
Upshaw says both cases are significant busts.
"Any little bit you can take off the street is a little bit that won't get into your children's hands so I try to take off as much as we can off the streets in order to ensure the safety of our kids."
The Sheriff is not releasing either suspect's name at this point but he tells WTVM both drivers face drugs charges and Fleeing and Eluding a Law Enforcement Officer.
It's two more drugs cases for the Barbour County Sheriff's Office. That's added to the 40 or so cases the Sheriff says deputies have already made this year.