Wanted drug trafficker wrecks in Bibb after high-speed chase

A 36-year-old Putnam County man wanted for escape crashed a Toyota SUV in north Macon at midday Friday after allegedly leading authorities on a high-speed chase from Houston County.

Joel Herman Horne, 36, of Eatonton, wrecked at the intersection of Riverside and Gateway drives near The Shoppes at River Crossing, Putnam Sheriff Howard Sills said.

The chase started about 1 p.m. in Houston County and ended when Horne slammed into a truck, breaking the truck driver’s arm, the sheriff said.

Horne was wanted after failing to report to prison after drug-trafficking conviction, Sills said, adding that some amount of methamphetamine was found in Horne’s wrecked SUV.