A Garden City man was arrested and faces several charges following a police chase that reached speeds of 70 mph in a 35 mph speed zone, according to Tracey Basterrechea, deputy police chief for Meridian.
Timothy S. Forgett, 49, is accused of fleeing police officers after they attempted to pull him over for a missing headlight. Officers tried to pull Forgett over around 1:20 a.m. Friday on East Fairview Avenue near North Dixie Lane. Forgett reportedly sped up and led officers on a chase, during which he ran a red light on Locust Grove Road and drove 70 mph in a 35 mph zone. He slid to a stop on a lawn on the 700 block of West Carlton Avenue, then hopped out of his vehicle and fled on foot, Basterrechea said.
Police said they believe Forgett discarded a bag with 5.5 grams of heroin in it while he was running.
When officers caught up with Forgett on the 1000 block of West 7th Street, they used a Taser to stop him, Basterrechea said.
Forgett was booked and charged with felony heroin trafficking, attempting to elude officers and three misdemeanors: driving under the influence, failure to use a driver’s license and resisting or obstructing officers.
A passenger in Forgett’s vehicle, Angela Madrigal, 38, was also arrested on warrants for failure to obey citation and theft.