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Thousands of dollars in cash thrown from vehicle as men flee police

More than $48,000 was recovered off side of highway, deputies say

LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas – Thousands of dollars were collected after being thrown by a group of men fleeing from authorities Saturday, the Liberty County Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities were told a high-speed chase was in progress from Polk County, south on Highway 59.

Sgt. Travis Pierce deployed spike strips on Highway 59 after being issued the strips Friday, the Sheriff's Office said. The strips punctured three of the four tires on the escaping GMC SUV that was fleeing from deputies.

The SUV continued on its rims. Deputies said it was at this time that bundles and singles of currency were seen being thrown from the fleeing SUV between FM 2090 and FM 1485, where the men were finally stopped and arrested.

The men denied any knowledge of the money and refused to give any explanation as to why they were trying to evade pursuing authorities from two counties, deputies said. Three of the men said they were en route to Padre Island for "spring break" until they were reminded that spring break was over this past March, the Sheriff's Office said.

More than $48,000 was recovered off the side of the highway by deputies. The Sheriff's Office said the five men, who had extensive criminal records, were filed on for tampering with evidence and evading arrest.

Marquavis Lytle, 26, Deangelo Young, 25, Deandre Brown, 26, Reginald Black, 25, and Chaka Grady, 25, who have home addresses from in and around Nashville, Tennessee, were arrested and placed in the Liberty County Jail, the Sheriff's Office said.