High-speed chase leads to cocaine arrest in Jefferson County

JEFFERSON COUNTY — An early morning high-speed chase in Jefferson County has landed a 43-year-old man in jail on multiple charges, including possession of a controlled substance.

According to Sheriff Travis Allen, around 6:20 Friday morning, Deputy Ryan Weeks was traveling eastbound on State Highway 15 near Falcon Lane, when he met a westbound vehicle being driven by a man he recognized as William R. Hayes, of Bluford, who he knew from previous contacts did not have a driver’s license.

Weeks turned around to attempt a traffic stop and the vehicle reportedly fled from him, reportedly reaching speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.

The deputy did not pursue the vehicle for public safety reasons, but radioed ahead and was able to take another route and intercept the vehicle at the intersection of Fairfield Road and Campground road in Mt. Vernon.

Weeks was able to stop the vehicle and Hayes was taken into custody. Inside the vehicle deputies found a suspected crack pipe, and a pill bottle containing crack cocaine.

Hayes is being held in the Jefferson County jail on possession of drug equipment, possession of a controlled substance, and driving on a revoked license.