Monroe County deputies stopped two Savannah men, including one fresh off a 10-year sentence for manslaughter, and found $20,000 cash in their vehicle following a 123 mph chase on I-75 on Dec. 28.

Deputy Jaleel Brown tried to stop a Nissan Maxima on I-75 north near the Lee Street exit after learning the car’s owner had a suspended license, but the driver sped up to 123 mph and was switching lanes without a signal. 

The driver finally stopped around mile marker 191 and Brown held him at gunpoint as he approached the vehicle. An off-duty Bibb County deputy arrived and helped hold the suspects at gunpoint and they were able to handcuff the suspects.

The owner of the car, Jernard Williams, 29, of Savannah, had a long criminal history and had just been released from prison for manslaughter in 2017, while the driver, Bernard Carter, 27, of Savannah, was wanted for violating his probation also had a long history of criminal charges.

Deputies found more than $20,000 in cash but nothing illegal in the vehicle. Asked why they had so much cash, Williams said he works for a waste management company. Asked if had a paystub, Williams produced one that said he was paid $600. Carter said he worked with his family’s construction business and said they were taking the money to place bets at the Davis vs. Gamboa lightweight championship fight at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. While deputies collected the cash, Williams handed over another large stack of bills in his right pocket and deputies found another wad of cash in his left pocket.

Due to their criminal histories and fleeing, deputies seized the cash which came to $9,855 for Williams and $11,235 for Carter.

Carter was charged with fleeing, failure to maintain lane, failure to use turn signal, reckless driving, speeding, driving in the emergency lane, following too closely and driving without a license.