By Patrick Yost
A South Carolina couple remain detained in the Morgan County Detention Center and had $36,111 confiscated from a vehicle stopped, in part, for speeding.
Joseph W. Peterson, 37, Pelion, S.C. and Angela J. Wood, 45, Pelion, S.C. were both arrested after a high speed chase that originated in the east bound lane of Interstate 20 at 11:54 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12.
According to reports, a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Christopher Lash observed a red Dodge Charger traveling 115 mph on Interstate 20. Lash was positioned on the bridge over the interstate and activated his emergency equipment to make a traffic stop. Reports state that the Charger continued eastbound and Lash called for backup from Madison Police Department officers. From the Newborn Road exit to the Monticello Highway exit the Charger allegedly passed transfer trucks in the emergency lane and continued driving more than 100 mph.
At the Monticello Highway exit Corp. Stacey Eaton joined the chase and allegedly observed someone in the vehicle throw something from the car.
Once on Monticello Highway and traveling southbound, multiple vehicles, including a Georgia State Patrol trooper, joined the chase.
South of Aqua Road, the Charger stopped in the middle of the road and Peterson, the driver, and Wood were removed and placed in handcuffs.
During a search of the vehicle authorities located $29,000 in a gray plastic bag. In a purse allegedly belonging to Wood authorities located $4,941 in cash and inside the purse they found another $2,170 in cash in a wallet.
Officers also located a loaded Taurus G2C 9mm handgun and a loaded Bersa Thurder .380 caliber handgun. In a concealment jar, reports state, officers found a plastic bag with suspected marijuana. In a grey Nike back pack authorities found suspected crystal methamphetamine, a recipe for cooking methamphetamine and a container that held suspected THC wax.
Also in Wood’s purse authorities found four cut straws with white residue and three notebooks containing information on people, money and a recipe for cooking methamphetamine.
Authorities discovered that Peterson had several felony convictions and current felony arrest warrants. Peterson was charged with speeding, driving while license suspended, reckless driving, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine, possession of THC wax, felony fleeing and attempting to elude police and possession of drug related objects.
Wood was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects.
Chief Deputy Keith Howard said the department was keeping the cash as evidence and would initiate a civil process to keep the money. “It will give the defendants to go to court and show how they made the money.”