LUMBERTON, Miss. - Authorities are looking for a former Lumberton High football star who they say ran away from a traffic stop on Tuesday.
Residents who knew Terry Grant are shocked by the news.
"He was one of the best football running backs that ever came through Lumberton," Shane Dickinson said a longtime resident.
Grant, the hometown star got the chance to attend the University of Alabama and play in the Canadian league after he graduated in 2006.
"He was pretty much it for Lumberton," Dickinson said.
Metro Narcotics officers said Grant was pulled over around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Highway 49 South and Highway 98.
They said he pulled a bag of powdered cocaine from underneath the driver seat and took off running into the woods. Authorities said he dropped it while trying to escape.
Lumberton natives are shocked by the news.
"It doesn't sound like him at all," Dickinson said. "As far as I an remember everyone said he was a straight 'A' student."
"I terry cause we grew up in the same neighborhood," Shakasha Holder said. "He was very athletic in high school and very smart."
Authorities say the search for Grant went on for a few hours and that they will be issuing an arrest warrant.
His family says it's hard to believe the accusations because this is out of Grant's character.
"Anything could have happened in that situation and we just don't think it was him," said his cousin Shelia Willis.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.