Man in high-speed chase admits guilt in drug case

November 22, 2018

HUNTINGTON - A Georgia man who led police on a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 64 earlier this year has admitted in federal court he traveled to West Virginia with the intent to sell controlled substances.

Jahrius Whitehead, 26, of Macon, Georgia, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to possession with intent to deliver cocaine and marijuana, according to U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart.

In September, Kenova police pulled over Whitehead’s vehicle for alleged speeding near the Kenova exit on I-64. The vehicle allegedly fled from the scene while the officer was writing the speeding citation. Whitehead then lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into the median.

Whitehead then ran across the eastbound lanes of traffic and into the woods next to the road, police said.

He was located several hundred yards into the woods and taken into custody. Kenova and Ceredo EMS and rescue teams were called to the scene to assist officers in bringing Whitehead back up to the road due to steep terrain and injuries sustained by Whitehead.

While searching his vehicle, officers located about 151 grams of cocaine, worth about $18,000, and 392 grams of marijuana, worth about $3,000, and $500 cash.

He faces up to 20 years in federal prison at his Feb. 25, 2019, sentencing.

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