By LYDIA BERGLAR
Around noon on August 2, a high-speed car chase ended in Trenton. Preston Medjo of Hammond, Ore. stole a vehicle from Temple, Ga., and officials in Fort Payne, Ala. began the pursuit in Dekalb County. They notified the Dade County Sheriff’s Office that the pursuit was headed north on Highway 11.
DCSO joined the pursuit in Rising Fawn, and Sheriff Ray Cross and the Trenton City Police Department set up spike strips at Edgewood Baptist Church. The spike strip deployed by the Trenton PD hit all four tires of the stolen vehicle, and the DCSO deputies ended the chase in front of JB’s Variety Store.
Medjo is in the Dade County Jail with felony charges pending from both the DCSO and Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Cross said, “This is just another example of the amazing and productive relationship we have with numerous surrounding agencies. They know they can count on us, we know that we can count on them, and the criminals know that we mean business in Dade County!”
At the end of the week on Aug. 5, the departments worked together again to intercept a large U-Haul truck that was transporting a stolen Kubota MX5400.
The tractor had been reported missing from Alabama the previous week, and the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office had sent out an alert about it. On Saturday, the owner followed the U-Haul closely toward the area of Back Valley Road and called the Trenton PD. Trenton PD then alerted Dade County deputies.
The deputies found the U-Haul parked at a residence on Byrds Chapel Drive and confronted the suspect. After a struggle, the deputies detained the suspect who is now in the Dade County Jail facing multiple felony charges. The tractor was returned to its owner.
Cross said, “A huge thanks to the Trenton PD detective for giving us the heads up on this and also for coming out to the scene. Another big thanks to my deputies for continuing to ensure crime doesn’t go unaddressed in Dade County.”