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Teen in jail after high-speed chase
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Brandon Hawkins

A Springfield man was arrested early Saturday morning after leading Effingham County Sheriff’s Deputies on a high-speed pursuit.

Brandon Hawkins, 18, threw a handgun and a “large amount of marijuana” from the car as deputies pursued him, said Effingham County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor. In addition, deputies found a ski mask in the car when they arrested Hawkins.

“A gun, drugs and a ski mask are not a good combination,” Ehsanipoor said. “We’re not sure yet if he is involved in any other crimes, but we are investigating.”

According to the ECSO, the pursuit began shortly after 1 a.m. on Highway 21 when Hawkins’ car was not staying in its lane. A deputy saw Hawkins “swerving all over the roadway” and attempted to pull him over, Ehsanipoor said.

Hawkins turned on to Log Landing Road and “took off at a high rate of speed,” Ehsanipoor said. He then threw out the handgun and the marijuana, which deputies were able to recover.

As soon as Hawkins turned into the Shadowbrook subdivision, Ehsanipoor said, deputies boxed him in with their cars. The deputies arrested Hawkins, despite his resistance, and found the ski mask in the car.

Hawkins was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing and eluding, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and several other traffic offenses.

Hawkins remains in the Effingham County Jail as the ECSO continues to investigate the case.