High Speed Chase in Lee County

A suspected drunk driver lead Lee County authorities on a high speed chase Tuesday.   Auburn police say an alert driver called 911 and told dispatcher another motorists was driving erratically and running off the road.

Officers tell our news partner WTVM when officers tried to stop the truck, the chase began.  Auburn and Opelika Police, Lee County Sheriffs and State Troopers were all involved in the pursuit.  The chase lasted several miles, the driver finally pulled over.

Officer say while searching 51 year old Charles Cowan's truck, investigators found marijuana and alcohol, police say Cowan was drunk.  "You never know what that person may have stopped today by calling and telling us about this driver.  A lot of times that happens and the next thing you know yo have a head on collision, so because that citizen took the time to call us, we were able to get out there and get this guy off the road before someone got hurt" says Auburn Assistant Police Chief, Tommy Dawson.

Cowan is facing several charges, including a DUI and reckless endangerment.