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Meth found in truck after man jumped off bridge

Investigators searching for Joshua Barnes after he jumped from the bridge. Investigators searching for Joshua Barnes after he jumped from the bridge.
Joshua Joe Barnes Joshua Joe Barnes
BELL COUNTY, TX (KXXV) -

Police found drugs in the truck of the man who led officers on a chase Wednesday, then jumped off a bridge.

Investigators have recovered the body of a man who jumped off a bridge and into Lake Belton after a high speed chase that started in McGregor early Wednesday morning.

The man has been identified as Joshua Joe Barnes.

According to McGregor Police, officers tried pulling over Barnes on a traffic stop about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. The driver was behind the wheel of a 1995 Silver Dodge pickup that still had dealer tags on it.

Authorities say the driver sped away to evade officers and led police on a high speed chase through Gatesville and into Bell County. Several Coryell County Sheriff's Department Deputies assisted in the chase as well.

The chase ended at the east end of the Long Bridge on Highway 36, after the truck hit the guardrail and came to a stop. Police say Barnes then got out of the truck and jumped off the bridge and into the water, which was approximately 6-7 feet deep.

Officers and deputies searched for Barnes immediately after, but were unable to locate the suspect. The Morgan Point Dive Team, along with several other agencies and departments, searched the lake for the man.

Investigators were able to find Barnes' body about noon. Justice of the Peace Ted Duffield has ordered an autopsy.

According to the McGregor Police Department, detectives seized 3 grams of methamphetamine and $700 from the center console of Barnes' truck. They searched Barnes' cell phone, and found a number of drug related text messages, along with recent photos of Barnes being involved in criminal activity.

According to the Bell County Sheriff's Office, the Dodge pickup was from Stanley Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Gatesville, but it was not stolen from the dealership.

The truck has been impounded and the McGregor Police Dept. and the Texas Rangers are still investigating.

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