High-speed chase ends in drug charges for Madison man

34-year-old faces drug possession, fleeing officer charges

Madison police arrested a 34-year-old Madison following a high-speed chase Sunday night. Police said the incident started in the 800 block of East Main Street around 11 p.m. 

An officer noticed a 2012 Nissan Maxima drop off a male passenger in a dark, non-residential area.

The officer then followed the car and saw it drive through a stop sign.

Officials said the driver of the car, Marcus Thomas, continued to drive in what the officer described as an “erratic fashion.” The officer then tried to stop the car, as it started to head outbound on John Nolen Drive.

Police said Thomas almost hit a marked squad car at John Nolen Drive and Broom Street.

After following the car at speeds of more than 60 mph, the officer finally stopped Thomas at John Nolen Drive and Lakeside Drive.

Police did a high-risk felony stop with guns drawn. Thomas then got out of his car and told officers he did not have a license and that there was marijuana in his car.

Officials took Thomas into custody on charges of possession of marijuana and attempt to elude a police officer.

Police found marijuana, $1,500, and four cell phones in Thomas’ car.