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Officer chases van; suspect gets away

The driver of a van eluded officers during a chase Thursday night, Decatur police said.

An officer in a patrol car parked near 12th Avenue Northwest at Second Street saw the van, without a tag, run a stop sign at the intersection at about 10:45 p.m., said Lt. Frank DeButy, a police spokesman.

DeButy said the van sped up and cut over to 11th Avenue Northwest when the officer began to follow it. Southbound, the van blew across Moulton Street at a high rate of speed, he said.

At 11th Avenue Southwest and Second Street, the driver pulled into the oncoming lane and passed a vehicle waiting at the stop sign, then turned east onto Second Street and cut off his headlights.

The officer followed the van to 10th Avenue, where he saw it pull in and stop next to a tree in a yard. By the time the officer reached the van, it was unoccupied, DeButy said.

Police had the van towed.

- Seth Burkett

Agents arrest 2 on cocaine charges

Narcotics agents arrested one man for allegedly distributing cocaine and another for allegedly having it, Decatur police said Friday.

Police arrested Terry Timmons, 39, of 358 Mose Chapel Road, Madison, on Sixth Avenue Northeast at Church Street on Wednesday after they caught him selling cocaine, said Investigator Archie Letson.

In addition to distributing a controlled substance, police also charged Timmons with possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence for allegedly destroying potential evidence during the bust, Letson said.

On Thursday, police raided the 6011/2 Third Ave. S.W. home of Donald Coleman Brown and seized cocaine, Letson said.

Letson said Brown, 53, tried to run from police but officers caught him.

He faces charges of possessing a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

Timmons and Brown will be transferred to Morgan County Jail and held in lieu of $2,500 and $1,250 bonds, respectively.

- Seth Burkett

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