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Man charged with drug trafficking after chase ends in wreck

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A pregnant woman in the vehicle with John Hale had to go to the hospital after the chase ended in a wreck, Morgan County deputies said.

Posted: Jul 3, 2018 3:48 PM

A man who had several outstanding arrest warrants led Morgan County deputies on a chase Monday that ended in a wreck.

The Morgan County Sheriff's Office said deputies tried to pull over John Phillip Hale, 26, near Mill Creek and Lacon roads Monday after spotting him in a vehicle.

Hale led deputies on a chase into Cullman County on Highway 31 south and then back into Morgan County, where he wrecked at Higdon Road, authorities said.

Hale was taken into custody and a pregnant woman who was in the vehicle with Hale was sent to a hospital for treatment, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies searched the vehicle and said they found more than four ounces of methamphetamine, marijuana, Oxycodone pills, Suboxone, Ecstasy, drug paraphernalia and a loaded pistol.

Hale was charged with meth trafficking, drug possession, marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession. He also had 8 warrants for traffic, theft and drug-related crimes, according to the sheriff's office.

He's being held in the Morgan County Jail without bond.

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