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GPD foils checkpoint bypass

Two men are behind bars after attempting to bypass a police checkpoint Tuesday night in Gantt.

Drug Task Force Commander Mark Odom said Gantt police officers were conducting a driver’s license check point at Point A Road, when the driver of a brown Ford Ranger saw the check point, turned around and attempted to flee.

Rabron

Officers pursued the vehicle, which stopped about a mile from the checkpoint.

Odom said when officers approached the vehicle, they found two 12 packs of beer, two of which were open.

The driver of the vehicle, Chase Brodgen Taylor, 25, was given a field sobriety test and failed, Odom said.

Officers searched the vehicle and found syringes, pseudoephedrine, digital scales and lithium batteries.

“These are two items (psuedoephedrine and lithium batteries) common in the manufacturing of methamphetamine,” Odom said.

Taylor was charged with manufacturing of a controlled substance second degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, attempting to elude and driving under the influence. He is being held in the Covington County Jail on a $223,500 bond.

Taylor

Taylor’s passenger, 29-year-old Michael Raborn, is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacturing of a controlled substance second degree.

He is being held on a $210,000 bond.