Car Chase Ends in Crash, Sends Three Officers and Suspect to Hospital
GENEVA COUNTY, Ala. — A witness to the incident from Defuniak Springs, Florida, which is about 127 miles east of Mobile, Al on Interstate 10, said that he hopes the scene he witnessed was a once-in-a-lifetime event. According to WTVY, the man called 9-1-1 to report the location of a stolen vehicle wanted by police. The man said he saw the notice of the stolen vehicle on social media. Police from Samson, Alabama tried to stop the man driving the stolen vehicle, but the man fled instead of stopping. Officers captured the fleeing suspect only after the suspect slammed the stolen vehicle into three patrol cars. The suspect and three officers went to medical facilities with injuries. Fortunately, all three officers were released from the medical facility later that night. The suspect remained hospitalized after the crash. *
The suspect police had in custody after the crash drove a vehicle stolen from Covington County, Alabama earlier that same day. The civilian witness told WTVY that he recognized the car he was driving behind from a social media post he saw at some point that day. The witness said that the man driving the stolen vehicle tried to change his clothes, and by doing so, tried to conceal his identity. The witness called for help and reported the precise location of the stolen vehicle. He maintained contact with dispatchers as police converged on the stolen car at Alabama Highways 52 and 54.
Officers from several agencies tried to intercept the vehicle, but the man driving the stolen car refused to surrender. He sped off, and the officers gave close chase. At one point, the man drove the stolen vehicle over private property, struck a couple of trees, and then drove into a cornfield. The chase ended on James Johnson Road approximately three miles away from where it began when the stolen car collided with three Samson police cruisers. The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation took over the case from local investigators.
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