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Rome men arrested for drugs following chase in Alabama

August 12, 2014--9:10 a.m.

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Two Rome men are facing multiple charges in Cherokee County, Alabama following a chase on Sunday.

According to Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, it all began with a routine traffic stop in the Forney Community at around 5 p.m.

After suspecting drugs may have been in the vehicle, the K9 unit was called in.

The driver gunned the gas, striking one of the officers and knocking him to the ground.

Deputy Michael Green then fired several shots, striking the side of the fleeing vehicle.

A chase ensued onto Highway 411 where one of the men began dumping the contents of a plastic container out of his window.

The car finally stopped near the Georgia State Line and both men were arrested.

Authorities recovered approximately 1 pound of what appeared to be methamphetamine from the roadway.

30-thousand dollars in cash was also found in the vehicle.

37-year old Thomas Watson Smith and 40-year old Joseph Daniel Kennemer are charged with drug trafficking.

Smith is also charged with 2nd degree assault, resisting arrest and attempting to elude officers.

Kennemer is facing an additional charge of tampering with evidence.