A Madison man who fled from a traffic stop on April 3 is still wanted by authorities.
Quentin Martez Smith, 28, is wanted on a host of traffic charges after he allegedly fled a traffic stop at the parking lot of the Main Street Pantry and took officers on a short, but reckless chase down East Washington Street before fleeing on foot.
According to Madison Police Department reports, a Honda Accord allegedly driven by Smith on Main Street was stopped for no insurance at the Main Street Pantry at 7:37 p.m.
The officer that executed the traffic stop requested backup “due to the odor of green marijuana coming from the vehicle.” The officer said when she told Smith she was going to remove Smith and passenger Eric Jermaine Andrews, 28, Madison, from the vehicle, “Mr. Smith drove off aggressively.” The officer said she was attempting to open the door when the vehicle drove off.
The Accord traveled north on Main Street, passing several vehicles in the center turn lane and made a right turn on East Washington Street without stopping. Reports state that the Accord disregarded a stop sign at the intersection of Hancock Street and East Washington and was driving approximately 70 mph on East Washington Street near the area of Plum Street. The Accord also allegedly passed a vehicle in a double line section of East Washington Street before turning onto Cook Hill Road. The Accord came to a stop in the yard of a residence on Cook Hill Road and Smith exited the vehicle and ran toward Green Meadow Drive.
Reports state Andrews also exited the vehicle and began to run. An officer commanded Andrews to halt and “get on the ground” and Andrews complied, reports state.
Officers and deputies with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office searched the area for Smith but were unsuccessful.
A search near the vehicle located a Taurus 9mm handgun on the ground.
Warrants for felony fleeing and attempting to elude officers and obstruction of a police officer have been filed against Smith. He also faces citations for no insurance, failure to obey traffic signs, failure to stop at a stop sign, passing in a no passing zone, driving on the wrong side of the road and reckless driving. Andrews was charged with obstruction and possession of an open alcohol container after officers allegedly found an open Bud Light bottle near the passenger seat in the vehicle.