Monday September 21st, 2020 5:00AM

Judge denies bond for man charged after 18-mile Stephens County chase

By Rob Moore Reporter

A Martin man remains jailed after leading deputies on a lengthy pre-dawn chase through the Stephens County area on a motorcycle Thursday.

Westley Ray Woody, 38, of Martin is charged with felony fleeing and attempting to elude, felony obstruction, possession of methamphetamine, as well as misdemeanor charges of too fast for conditions, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, driving on wrong side of road, defective tires, driving on canceled registration, and no license on person.

“Around 3 a.m., Deputy Phillips saw a motorcycle turn onto Highway 145,” said Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley. “Phillips estimated the vehicle speed to be around 80 mph.”

As the deputy initiated a traffic stop on the motorcycle as it turned left onto North Akins Bridge Road, the rider sped up and attempted to flee

“Phillips pursued the motorcycle for approximately 18 miles,” Shirley said. “The driver attempted to negotiate the turn onto Sunshine Church Road, he lost control near the Dollar General. The suspect immediately fled on foot and resisted deputies’ arrest. They deployed their Taser to gain control and the suspect complied with deputies’ commands. Deputies recovered from his person a quantity of prepackaged methamphetamine from his pants pockets, a three-inch folding knife, and brass knuckles.”

Woody remains in the Stephens County Jail after bond was denied by the magistrate judge during his first appearance hearing.

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