Clay County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Rob Gambill said officers initially attempted to stop Thomas Miller, 41, on a couple traffic violations before the chase ensued.
"The suspect was in the Poland area and fled from deputies at a high speed then crashed his car and fled on foot (before being) caught by deputies," Gambill said.
According to Gambill, it was a high-speed but short pursuit, with speeds nearing 100 mph, on Bowling Green Poland Road. The crash occurred in the cemetery near the Zion Church.
Gambill said the arresting officers told him the crash was "violent" and if Miller had a passenger, they might have been killed.
Miller was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement (class D felony), habitual offender (enhancement on minimum years), possession of a handgun without a permit (enhanced to a class C felony), dealing in methamphetamine (class A felony), possession of methamphetamine (class C felony), possession of paraphernalia (class A misdemeanor), criminal mischief (class A misdemeanor) and maintaining a common nuisance (class D felony).
"Any time you have a large amount of drugs, almost three ounces of methamphetamine is considered a large amount, worth thousands of dollars (on the street)," Gambill said. "And having a firearm without a permit, that really ups the ante."
Gambill said some of the methamphetamine was packaged individually, which led to the intent to deal charge.
Miller is being held at the Clay County Justice Center on a $50,000 cash only bond, no 10 percent allowed.