Drugs thrown from vehicle during multi-county chase

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Two Lufkin residents are in jail after they allegedly took police on a high-speed chase Tuesday morning through Nacogdoches County.

Nacogdoches County deputies tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation near Woden road and Loop 224 shortly after midnight. The vehicle, driven by Dante Smith, refused to pull over and led law enforcement on a high-speed chase through the county. The vehicle eventually turned onto Highway 59 S toward Angelina County and dispatched notified officials there.

Deputies continued to follow the suspect on Highway 59, and during the pursuit, deputies allegedly saw small packages of drugs being thrown from the car. Some of the packages were later recovered.

Angelina County Sheriff deputies and state troopers were able to set up and deploy spikes on the suspect vehicle in the Redland area on Highway 59 S, where the spikes punctured two tires.

The pursuit then slowed and the suspect vehicle stopped near the Loop in Lufkin. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.

Smith, 32, was charged with tampering, possession of a controlled substance and evading arrest or detention in a motor vehicle.

The passenger was identified as 28-year-old Brittany Nichole Albro. She has been charged with tampering and possession of a controlled substance. Albro was also found to have several outstanding warrants out of Angelina County. She was additionally charged with credit card abuse, motion to revoke probation, driving while license invalid and no driver license warrants. Both subjects were booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail.

At the time of the arrest, deputies were able to locate more than two grams of methamphetamine thrown from the vehicle. Investigators have resumed the search of the area to locate more evidence.

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