The following press release has been issued by Clay County Sheriff's Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
In the early morning hours of Wednesday September 27, 2017, a Clay County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle on Hwy 64 west near Fires Creek Road for a traffic violation. The vehicle failed to stop and a chase started said Sheriff Vic Davis.
The chase was mostly at lower speeds of 40 to 50 mph hour until it got into Cherokee County, there speeds increased in excess of 70 mph. Law Enforcement officers, including those from Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Murphy Police Department, chased the vehicle to Blair Lane in Murphy where the driver and front passenger bailed out of the vehicle.
Sheriff Davis said a brief foot chase started but the driver, Edward Griffin, and the front seat passenger, Jeanette Ribelin, were quickly taken into custody.
Griffin, 49 of Murphy, was arrested and charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, and Resisting Public Officer. He is currently in custody in the Clay County Detention Center under a $10,000 bond and has an October 16, 2017, court date.
Ribelin, 49 of Murphy, was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She is currently in custody in the Clay County Detention Center under a $1,000 bond. She also has an October 16, 2017, court date.
Other charges are pending in this matter.
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