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Monterey Man Charged with Evading Arrest, Meth

A Monterey man faces multiple charges after leading authorities on a pursuit Friday.

Authorities arrested 45-year-old Joel Henry for Reckless endangerment, theft of property, evading arrest, simple possession, methamphetamine, criminal trespass, and criminal impersonation.

Joel Henry faces a $100,000 dollar bond after leading officers on a pursuit Friday. (Photo: Putnam County)

Officers initially made contact with Henry in the Algood Walmart parking lot on a suspected shoplifting. Walmart officials previously banned Henry from the property in March for shoplifting.

Henry falsely identified himself to officers at the time of contact.

Upon search of the vehicle that Henry was a passenger in, Henry walked away.

Video footage shows Henry walking in front of the Speedway and getting into a running Mazda Protege. Monterey officers received intel on the missing Mazda while staged at Woodcliff Rd and Commercial Ave.

Officers observed a vehicle matching the description and followed the vehicle onto Highway 84. Officers followed in pursuit for approximately 45 minutes and ended in Overton County.

Arrest warrants indicate Henry drove the Mazda in the middle of the road in an attempt to maximize speed. Finally, Henry ditched the vehicle and ran into the woods.

Henry fell into a pond and waded through it before officers caught him on the other side.

A search of Henry’s person revealed a small amount of a leafy green substance believed to be marijuana and a small amount of a clear crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine.

Authorities booked Henry into the Putnam County Jail on a $100,000 dollar bond. Henry has 3 capiases for failing to appear in Putnam County.

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