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Police chase ends in wreck, arrest

A Troy man led police on a pursuit Wednesday that ended when he wrecked his vehicle near Spring Hill shortly after 8 a.m.

Brandon Kyle Johnson, 34, already had an active arrest warrant on a charge of attempting to elude officers, police said.

“Johnson was observed by an officer driving a silver Ford Focus on Franklin Drive, near U.S. Highway 231,” said Troy Police Chief Randall Barr. The officer confirmed the warrant and attempted a traffic stop. “Johnson refused to stop and led officers on a short pursuit south on Highway 87. While fleeing from officers, Johnson lost control of his vehicle and crashed in the area of Highway 87 at Burnt Out Bridge Road.”

While responders provided first aid, they noticed another potential charge.

“Officers observed several clear bags containing a crystal substance lying inside and around the vehicle,” Barr said. “Officers also located pills inside the vehicle. Officers conducted a field test on the crystal substance found inside the bags and it tested positive for methamphetamine. The pills were determined to be hydrocodone and ecstasy.”

Johnson was transported to Troy Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries sustained in the crash.

“While Johnson was being processed in the Troy City Jail, he was observed trying to place a clear bag in his mouth, which contained more
methamphetamine,” Barr said.

In addition to the original attempt to elude charge, Johnson has been charged with another count of attempting to elude, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of promoting prison contraband and one county of trafficking in methamphetamine.

Johnson has been transported to the Pike County Jail on a $1,012,000 bond. Trafficking in methamphetamine is a Class A Felony punishable by 99 years to life in prison.