North Shore man faces life sentence after traffic and drug conviction

North Shore man faces life sentence after traffic and drug conviction

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A man convicted of leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase while carrying a small amount of narcotics faces life in prison.

A St. Tammany jury found Marlone "Wacko" Brumfield, 28, of Covington, guilty Thursday of aggravated obstruction of a highway and possession of cocaine.

He is a multiple offender, which means he is eligible for a life sentence.

Officers set up a drug buy with Brumfield in August after a tip from an informant, but when Brumfield arrived he became suspicious of the cars in the parking lot, prosecutors said.

While he was driving away, a sheriff's deputy tried to pull him over. Brumfield kept going.

Officers chased him onto Hwy. 21 and then I-12 eastbound, where he turned off his headlines and reached speeds in excess of 115 miles per hour.

The chase continued onto Hwy. 190, where Brumfield sideswiped a church van, and then to Boston St. in Covington. He crashed and was caught by deputies.

Detectives found a cigarette box containing cocaine in Brumfield's underwear. The officers also discovered a plastic bag of marijuana, a crumpled receipt containing marijuana, a smoking device containing a liquid, as well as a baby bottle and a water bottle containing fake narcotics in Brumfield's vehicle.

Brumfield has other open cases, as well as prior felony convictions, including for aggravated battery in 2008, simple robbery in 2005 and various narcotics.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 21.

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