A Batesville man in possession of over 41 grams of methamphetamine led Cave City police officers on a high speed chase June 29 reaching speeds over 110 mph before losing control of his vehicle and hitting a tree, according to authorities.
William Gaston, 41, was charged with felony fleeing, reckless driving, driving left of center and driving without insurance by Cave City Police Chief Vernon Gann.
He faces felony drug charges in Independence County for possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine over 28 grams) and manufacture of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), both class Y felonies.
Gann said he initiated a traffic stop when he observed a maroon Ford Thunderbird cross the center line twice over a short distance traveling south on Main Street in Cave City.
Gann said that Gaston seemed nervous while he was being questioned and would roll the window down only a few inches while answering.
After Gann asked Gaston to exit his vehicle, he said Gaston did not comply and fled, traveling south on U.S. Highway 167.
Both Gann and Cave City officer Mark Counts pursued Gaston in their vehicles.
Gann said on several occasions Gaston drove on the wrong side of the road and went around a curve in the northbound lane at a speed of approximately 85 mph, forcing a vehicle off the road to avoid a head-on collision.
Gaston turned east on Antioch Road. Gann said he pursued Gaston for several more miles at times reaching speeds of 90 mph before calling Independence County Sheriff's Department to notify them he was terminating the pursuit.
As Gann slowed his vehicle and entered a driveway to turn around, he said Gaston's vehicle was parked in the driveway and turned on its lights and sped past him heading west on Antioch Road.
Cave City officer Donnie Poulette picked up the pursuit continuing north on Dusty Lane until he found the vehicle stopped after it appeared to have struck a tree.
Poulette said Gaston was out of the vehicle when he arrived at the scene and received a minor head injury as a result of the accident.
Poulette took Gaston into custody at gunpoint and detained him until an Independence County deputy arrived.
A blue duffle bag and red plastic jug were located in the bushes approximately 30 feet from the vehicle which contained what appeared to be components for manufacturing methamphetamine, said Gann. He said he had seen this blue bag in the seat of the car when he first stopped Gaston.
After being treated and released from the White River Emergency Room, Gaston gave Cave City police officer Marc Counts a zip lock baggie containing a white powder substance believed to be methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.
The total weight of the suspected methamphetamine seized in this case is approximately 41 grams.
Gaston is being held at Independence County jail. His bond was set at $50,000.