Suspects toss drugs out of vehicle while leading police on high-speed chase

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Updated: Jan. 12, 2021 at 10:54 AM CST
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ATHENS, Texas (News release) - A high-speed chase across three counties ended with the arrest of two suspects by Henderson County sheriff Botie Hillhouse’s narcotics investigators, who were joined in the pursuit by area law enforcement.

Javier Delarosa, 18, and Arnulfo Baesa, 17, both of Dallas, face charges of manufacturing and delivery of meth and tampering with evidence.

According to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, late afternoon Monday the suspects led officers on a chase at speeds exceeding 115 miles per hour and were seen allegedly throwing drugs out their vehicle’s windows. The chase began in Athens and proceeded through Kaufman and Van Zandt counties. Athens, Eustace, Mabank, and Canton Police, Kaufman and Van Zandt Deputies, Kaufman County Constables, the Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers, and a DPS helicopter were involved in the chase.

The vehicle chase eventually concluded at a residence before the suspects reportedly fled on foot into the woods. The suspects were then finally apprehended with the assistance of the DPS helicopter and a K-9 unit. The sheriff’s office states they found “a large amount of meth” inside the suspects’ vehicle and along State High way 175.

“I want to thank the law enforcement agencies who joined the pursuit and brought it to a safe and successful conclusion,” Hillhouse said.

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