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Suspect nabbed after jumping from car

ALBANY — Even leaping from a car during a high-speed chase didn’t save a suspect in a drug case from getting nabbed by the cops in a chase that began around 1:20 p.m. Thursday, said Major Bill Berry, commander of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit,

Berry said officers received a tip that drugs were being sold from a white Mazda with a Florida tag and the driver of the Mazda refused the command to pull over.

At speeds that topped around 80 miles per hour in the “Trees” area of Whitney Avenue and Magnolia Street, officers raced after the suspects.

“We were at a disadvantage,” Berry said, “because they weren’t stopping at stop signs or going by the traffic rules. Sometimes we just had to back off a little.”

Coming to a curve on West Whitney Avenue, the two suspects apparently decided to split up.

“That’s an old trick,” Berry said. “The posse’s closing in, so the idea is that they can’t follow both of you.

Only this time the strategy required one of the suspects leaving their car. As the Mazda turned left around a curve at an estimated 35 mph, Denevious Dante Morman, 34, opened the passenger side door and jumped to the pavement. Officer Richard Norman, following closely in his police Dodge Charger, made a split-second decision to follow and attempt to stop Morman, Berry said, while other officers unsuccessfully pursued the Mazda.

Morman ran straight across his driveway to the back of his home at 1922 W. Whitney Ave., Berry said, where it was later determined he had kicked open his own back door to gain entrance.

Agents obtained warrants to search the home, Berry said, where a quantity of marijuana and cocaine were discovered.

“The suspect had changed clothes and claimed he’d been sleeping,” Berry said, “but he was sweating really bad and his legs were all scuffed up from where he’d landed on the road. He was in his boxer shorts and the dash cam video showed part of his boxers when he jumped out. They were the same.”

Berry said Morman has been charged with possession and intent to distribute the drugs found at his residence.