Houston County High Speed Chase

A high-speed chase landed a Houston County Sheriff's deputy in the emergency room, while the suspects he was pursuing temporarily got away.

Deputy Phillip Smal was treated and released with no major injuries from Flower's Hospital.

Around the same time, the suspects, 46-year-old Palmer Downing and 39-year-old Tracy Downing were taken into custody after being found in Geneva County.

The pursuit began when authorities were told two suspects were attempting to buy precursor chemicals from a Dothan drug store in order to make crystal meth.

Unmarked deputies attempted a traffic stop and the suspects’ sped off, allegedly dumping drugs out of the car during the chase.

Deputy Smal joined the pursuit until he ended up crashing into a field.

Houston County Sheriff's Office Cpt. Antonio Gonzalez said, “The pursuit continued on South Park Avenue and on Taylor Road here, one of our marked vehicles coming up to assist in the pursuit left the roadway and went into the field out here."

Captain Gonzalez told News 4 that both of the suspects were found in Geneva County just south of Slocomb and they will be charged in both counties.

The suspects will be charged with possession of a pre-cursor in Houston County and in Geneva County, the couple faces charges of possession of a controlled substance.


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