Ross Mason Traughber

Ross Mason Traughber

A Lafayette man was arrested after allegedly reaching speeds of up to 117 mph while evading police officers.

Ross Mason Traughber, 29, faces multiple charges following the incident, which took place on last Thursday.

According to the arrest report, Lafayette Police Department patrolman Jason Sells witnessed a van driven by Traughber speeding on Highway 52 Bypass West.

After Sells attempted a traffic stop, Traughber allegedly accelerated into the opposite lane and nearly hit another driver head on, eventually reaching speeds of 117 mph.

Traughber was taken into custody after stopping directly in front of Macon County Sheriff's Office Deputy Tim Freeman near the intersection of Alton Hill Road and Highway 52 West.

When questioned, Traughber allegedly told officers he was evading law enforcement because of an active warrant and said he would have struck Freeman if his girlfriend had not been in the car.

Traughber's girlfriend told law enforcement she thought she was going to die and was screaming for him to stop the vehicle. Traughber also advised that there was an interlock device in his vehicle, but an inventory search did not find one.

Sells reportedly found a marijuana grinder with residue, a scale with white residue and scale calibration weights inside the car, along with three small plastic bags containing crystal substance.

Traughber was charged with violation of probation, evading arrest, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, driving on a revoked or suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia, and speeding.

His bond was set at $25,000, and his court date was slated for May 8. In addition, he was held for a court date on June 3 regarding his probation violation charge.