Two individuals were recently arrested after leading deputies on a chase that ended behind a local school.
A Coffee County Drug Unit preliminary report reveals that on January 18 around 1:24 p.m., a K9 deputy observed a white Lincoln passenger car traveling east on East Ashley Street failing to maintain its lane. The deputy initiated a traffic stop, utilizing blue lights and sirens, on East Ashley Street and South Coffee.
According to the deputy, the vehicle then turned left onto Coweta Street without signaling the turn, proceeding without coming to a complete stop at the stop sign at North Coweta Street where it intersects with East Ward Street.
The deputy reported witnessing a clear plastic bag, suspected to contain methamphetamine, a small handgun, and a gun magazine being thrown from the passenger side window onto the ground behind First Academy during school hours.
Subsequently, the vehicle proceeded to the back door of the school pickup door, crashing into a concrete barrier and coming to a stop. Upon making contact with the occupants, the driver was identified as 30-year-old Casem Robert Chance of Douglas, and the passenger was identified as 37-year-old Danea Jolynn Hope of Nicholls.
As per court documents, Casem was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during the commission of certain felonies, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or felony first offender, possession/manufacture/distribution of a controlled substance or marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, and multiple traffic violations. The documents also indicate that Hope was charged with one count of trafficking methamphetamine.