Police Chase Leads to Car Crashing into Building in Boaz, Alabama
BOAZ, AL- Whnt.com writes that a car chase that spanned several counties in Alabama led to a collision when a car crashed into a building. The incident began in Etowah County when officers began to pursue the suspect.*
Police continued to follow the suspect into the Sardis area in the late afternoon. The driver entered Highway 431, traveling against the flow of traffic and collided with a police vehicle. Reports indicate the driver reached up to 80 miles an hour in a while heading north in the southbound traffic lanes. After striking multiple police vehicles, and disabling several, the car collided with a building on Martin Avenue at its intersection with US-431.
The driver and two people in the vehicle were injured in the collision and transported to a nearby hospital. According to reports, the suspect was a 26-year-old man from Boaz who was out of prison on a work-release program. The man was arrested for felony assault on a police officer and drug-related charges. The other two individuals in the car, a 23-year old woman from Gadsden and a 22-year-old woman from Piedmont, are both also now facing charges for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police chases are risky and often lead to car crashes. When police choose to pursue a suspect, they have to determine whether the suspect is a more severe risk to the public than would be created by the chase to catch the suspect. While the most common victim in these instances is the suspect, bystanders and passengers are the next highest group of victims in these crashes, followed by the police officers chasing the suspects.
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Sources:https://whnt.com/news/northeast-alabama/multi-county-high-speed-chase-ends-when-vehicle-crashes-into-a-building-in-boaz/ and https://www.usatoday.com/pages/interactives/high-speed-chases/