A police chase that started Tuesday evening in Early ended with the male suspect fleeing on foot nearly 40 minutes later in northwest Comanche County. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, he was still at large, according to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

Capt. Vance Hill said the Brown County Sheriff’s Office was in the process of obtaining three felony warrants for the man driving a 2006 orange Mitsubishi Eclipse. The driver of the compact sports car exceeded 100 mph while traveling north on Highway 183 after failing to pull over when investigator Robert Ramirez turned on his overhead lights when the man ran a stop sign at approximately 7:18 p.m. Tuesday.

Ramirez said he and his department are familiar with the suspect, who is in his 30s, but have not released any identification.

A few minutes into the chase, which started close to the Heartland Mall, the driver tossed a “small plastic bag” out of the driver’s side window, which contained 7 grams of methamphetamine. Some of the evidence was destroyed, but the bulk of it was recovered, Ramirez said.

The driver — tailed by several units, including some from Eastland County and Comanche County, along with DPS Troopers — sped past Brownwood Regional Airport and cut through various county roads in Eastland County that led him to Gorman before making his eventual escape on foot close to County Roads 195 and 197, which was at approximately 7:56 p.m. Tuesday.

Helicopters immediately took over but couldn’t locate the driver. Deputy Carlyle Gover led the pursuit after the driver passed the airport, and the 38-minute chase ended with about 70 miles covered.

“From Early Boulevard, (the driver) made it to May in less than 10 minutes,” Ramirez said. The distance between the two locales is 19 miles.

“I want to commend (Brown County) dispatcher Kim Chandler and everyone else involved from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, signaling every unit and getting all the other agencies involved,” Hill said.