Police: Man arrested in south AL chase was trafficking meth

Police: Man arrested in south AL chase was trafficking meth
Michael Patterson.

HOUSTON CO., AL (WSFA) - A police chase Monday ended with an Ashford man in jail charged with drug trafficking.

Michael Patterson, 46, was arrested following a police pursuit through Houston County. Police had been looking into Patterson for at least a month.

"What we learned over the course of our investigation is that he was trafficking large amounts of meth into our area and distributing it through Houston County," said Dothan Police Lt. Will Glover.

According to the Dothan Police Department, as part of the investigation officers attempted to stop Patterson at the intersection of East Main Street and Sanitary Dairy Road. Police say Patterson refused to stop and they chased him through the southern part of Houston County. The pursuit ended in the Cottonwood area at the intersection of Sealy Wells Road and State Line Road.

According to police, investigators recovered evidence from the vehicle and items discarded during the pursuit.

"Mr. Patterson threw out the narcotics. Some were recovered and some were recovered from his vehicle following the crash," said Glover.

Police say Patterson is originally from Phenix City and local drug connections may have brought him to Ashford to sell. They believe he had been living in the area for about 30 days. They couldn't give specifics about the amount Patterson may have been able to sell during that time, but say the drugs recovered during the arrest could have been sold to around 28 people and the street value of the meth seized was roughly $1,000.

Patterson is charged with drug trafficking methamphetamine, obstructing justice using a false identity, possession of marijuana, and attempting to elude a police officer.

"The goal of our unit is to knock off major distributors from our area more so than people who have addiction problems," said Glover. "If you knock off the source, people with the addictions are able to get help."

Patterson had his first court appearance Tuesday and was appointed a judge. An arraignment hearing has been set for June 5 on the possession of marijuana charges and attempting to elude police.

The Houston County Sheriff's Office and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency assisted with the chase.

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