Metro Narcotics led on high speed chase through Adams, Wilkinson counties

Published 12:07 am Wednesday, March 19, 2014

NATCHEZ — A suspected drug courier took Natchez-Adams County Metro Narcotics agents on a high-speed car chase into a neighboring county before being arrested after trying to flee on foot.

The chase began Monday after Metro agents received information the Natchez-Woodville corridor of U.S. 61 would be used to transport cocaine, a spokesperson for the Adams County Sheriff’s Office said.

Agents set up surveillance and spotted the suspected vehicle, a white Cadillac, at approximately 10:30 a.m. When they ran the license plate for the vehicle, it was registered to a different make and model of vehicle.

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When the agents attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the driver of the Cadillac fled down U.S. 61, throwing a large quantity of cocaine out the vehicle’s window.

“When the mass hit the ground, it dispersed, but we were able to recover about 18 grams of a white powder that tested positive as cocaine,” Metro Narcotics Commander David Lindsey said.

The chase continued into Wilkinson County, where the Cadillac turned right onto Doloroso Loop Road, turned right back onto U.S. 61 South, turned right again on Pinkniville Road and drove through approximately five miles of back roads before pulling to a stop behind a house on a gravel road.

The driver, Steven McQuirter, 37, of Woodville, reportedly tried to flee on foot but was stopped when a Metro agent Tased him.

McQuirter was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, felony fleeing law enforcement officer vehicles, resisting arrest, reckless driving, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, improper registration of a motor vehicle, driving under suspension, no seat belt and no insurance.

He was detained without bond Tuesday.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Office also helped in the chase and arrest.