A Columbus woman is facing several felony charges after she led narcotics officers on a high-speed chase Monday and injured an officer when she rammed her vehicle into a Lowndes County sheriff’s deputy’s patrol unit.
Lushaudra M. Barry, 31, faces felony drug charges with a firearm possession enhancement, as well as a felony eluding charge, said Capt. Archie Williams, a Lowndes County sheriff’s deputy who heads the Columbus-Lowndes Joint Narcotics Task Force. Exact charges will be determined after officers weigh the seized drugs, Williams said.
Narcotics officers initiated a traffic stop on Pickensville Road of a vehicle “involved in a drug movement investigation,” Williams said. After initially stopping, Barry drove away from the scene, near the Greenhill Bridge, and led officers on a chase through south Columbus and north on Highway 45. The suspect’s vehicle collided with the deputy’s patrol unit in the Mi Toro parking lot, where she was arrested.
Williams did not identify the deputy. He did say the deputy was treated at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle for non life-threatening injuries and has since been released.
The Dispatch requested the suspect’s photo from Lowndes County Adult Detention Center but it had not been released by press time.
Zack Plair is the managing editor for The Dispatch.
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