One of two men arrested and subsequently jailed by Hempstead County sheriff's deputies after a high speed chase on Tuesday has been released and allegations against him have been dismissed.
Thomas Shane Pipkin, 35, of Prescott, was released from the Hempstead County Detention Center on Friday morning after subsequent investigation into the events surrounding his arrest, Hempstead County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Mickey Atkinson said Friday.
“Mr. Pipkin was released this morning, and Investigator Dorman said that, other than being in the vehicle with the other young man, he did not have possession of the drugs and he is not going to be charged with anything,” Atkinson said.
The change of events for Pipkin allegedly stem from the discovery of drugs in the course of a search of a vehicle which sheriff's deputies allege was driven by Justin Britt Alberson, 24, of Bisco, that was the subject of a high speed chase with a Hope Police Department officer and Hempstead County Sheriff's Investigator Gary Dorman.
According to the initial statement concerning the arrest of the two men issued by Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton, the vehicle in which Pipkin was riding, driven by Alberson, came to a stop on Hempstead County Road 2 at the conclusion of the law enforcement pursuit.
At that point, Dorman alleged that he saw Alberson leaving the scene on foot and the investigator stopped his vehicle, got out and gave chase.
In the course of taking Alberson into custody, Singleton said that drug paraphernalia was recovered from Alberson's person. At the same time, Pipkin was taken into custody by Singleton and Sheriff's Deputy Steve Dunham.
Singleton said a search of the vehicle by deputies began on the driver's side and continued on the passenger side, and a clear baggie containing what the officers alleged to be methamphetamine was recovered.
Both men were subsequently jailed, with Pipkin booked on an allegation of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver, according to Singleton.
Atkinson said Friday that the allegation against Pipkin could not be sustained by the subsequent investigation, and he was released from jail.