On Saturday, May 16, 2020, at approximately 11:50 AM, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Neighborhood Enforcement Team (SNET), accompanied by a crew from Live PD, who was filming, but was not live, witnessed a drug transaction at a gas station in the Midfield area. Both parties in the transaction were stopped. It was confirmed that the transaction had occurred by questioning the purchasing party. The seller’s vehicle was occupied by himself and two additional males. As Deputies approached the seller’s vehicle, the driver sped away from the scene.
The driver, identified as 41-year-old, Reico Terry, led Deputies on a chase throughout the area and onto the interstate. Attempts to block the vehicle in were unsuccessful, and the driver exited onto surface streets. Once it was apparent that the driver was not slowing for intersections, the SNET Deputies ended the pursuit. The driver continued on his path to distance himself from Deputies without yielding to oncoming traffic or stopping for traffic lights. At approximately 12:07, the vehicle collided with an 18-wheeler at the intersection of 8th Avenue West and Arkadelphia Road.
Reico Terry jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to run from the scene. Deputies were able to take him into custody. Terry was found to be in possession of heroin. The front seat passenger was also questioned at the scene and released. He received only minor injuries in the accident. The rear passenger of the vehicle, Terry’s 16-year-old son, was transported to the hospital, where he later died.
Reico Derrell Terry has been taken to the Jefferson County Jail where he is being charged with Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Felony Alluding, Reckless Endangerment and Resisting Arrest. His bonds total $43,000.
According to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office procedure, ALEA was called to work the traffic accident. Additional charges from the wreck may be pursued against Terry pending the results of the investigation by ALEA.