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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2010                                          PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER                                                                    PHONE: (409) 839-2538
                                                                                                                       CELL: (409) 553-9881

Beaumont high-speed chase results in 14 year sentence

            BEAUMONT, Texas – A 28-year-old Alexandria, LA man has been sentenced to federal prison for federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. 

Joshua David Cowan pleaded guilty on Mar. 22, 2010, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 170 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone. 

            According to information presented in court, on Oct. 3, 2009, local police officers responded to a call at the Red Carpet Inn on Interstate-10 in Beaumont in reference to a report of a female yelling for help.  As officers arrived, Cowan attempted to leave the parking lot in a vehicle.  Cowan refused to stop for officers and led them on a high-speed chase.  Cowan wrecked the vehicle and then attempted to flee on foot before being apprehended.  Cowan was arrested and a search of the vehicle revealed 62.6 grams of methamphetamine.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Jan. 13, 2010 charging Cowan with federal drug trafficking violations.

            This case was investigated by the DEA and the Beaumont Police Department and was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.


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