Courtland man arrested on drug and child endangerment charges following car chase


A Courtland man is in custody on drug and child endangerment charges following a 10-minute car chase with Lawrence County deputies.

Charles Edmond Dryer III, 38, was arrested Wednesday after the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office were checking up on a report of attempted burglary along County Road 284 near Courtland, according to a report from the sheriff's office.
Investigators attempted to stop Dryer in a vehicle matching a description of the suspect vehicle and pursued him east on County Road 284 after the driver refused to stop.
"The pursuit lasted about 10 minutes circling through the community back onto County Road 284, where the driver stopped and fled on foot into a wooded area," the sheriff's report states. 
According to the report, Dryer was apprehended about eight minutes later, and investigators found an adult female and two children in the car. The sheriff's office also recovered heroin and drug paraphernalia at the time of the incident. 
"The care and custody of the children were turned over to the Department of Human Resources. The female was not charged with any crimes at this time," the report states. 
Dryer was booked into the Lawrence County Jail on charges including first-degree receiving stolen property, two counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of chemical endangerment of a child, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, attempting to elude, reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road, improper tires, no insurance, failure to signal, running a stop sign, and switched tag. 
Dryer's bond was set at $16,100. 

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