Chase started in Mobile and ends in Laurel when man surrenders
By Kathryn F. Pickard News Reporter
Clark County Democrat

Two Clarke County deputies were involved in a high speed chase Thursday, Aug. 30, that began in Mobile and ended in Jones County, Miss.

About 3 a.m. that morning a deputy with the Mobile County Sheriff's Department pulled a red Corvette over suspecting the driver had just taken part in a drug transaction. The deputy observed a large amount of cash and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

The driver, John McClure, 44, of Mobile drove off, striking the deputy with the car. In the vehicle with him was Cheryl Trehern, 39, also of Mobile.

Washington County Sheriff's Department notified Jackson Police Department about 4 a.m. that the Corvette was approaching the McCorquodale bridge. Jackson deployed the road spikes but McClure went around them.

As the chase continued Jackson notified other area law enforcement agencies that the Corvette was headed north toward Grove Hill. The car's speed was reported at 130 to 140 mph.

Clarke County Sheriff's Deputies Rob Bost and Frankie Crawford joined the pursuit as the Corvette and Jackson police officers entered Grove Hill. It was said they were traveling at nearly 140 miles per hour at this time.

McClure left Highway 43 and went to Highway 84, headed west, with Bost, Crawford and Alabama State Trooper Bubba Bell in pursuit. The deputies lost sight of the Corvette near Zimco and let Trooper Bell take over the lead.

Bost and Crawford continued west to Coffeeville and stopped at the GoCo gas station and convenience store to ask if anyone had seen the car come through. Those questioned said they hadn't seen the car.

The deputies called the trooper and told him he had not made it to Coffeeville yet and headed back east on Highway 84.

They soon saw a car with no headlights on, headed west, and realized it was the Corvette and gave chase through Coffeeville, over the bridge to Choctaw County.
Lawmen in Choctaw County and Mississippi were advised of the chase and joined the pursuit. Deputies Bost and Crawford terminated their assistance at the Mississippi state line.

McClure and Trehern abandoned the car on Highway 84 near the Powers area. Trehern was captured around 10 a.m. after she was observed in a pasture in the Powers, Miss., area. McClure contacted Jones County Sheriff Larry Dykes and told him he wanted to turn himself over to authorities.