According to Talladega Police Chief Alan Watson, an officer spotted the 2012 Honda TRX speeding on Howard Street just before 1:30 p.m. and attempted to pull it over. The vehicle fled.
Watson said the chase continued down Jackson Street to Lokey Street and then McAlpine Street. The abandoned vehicle and helmet were recovered on Maryland Street. The four-wheeler was able to evade capture by driving through yards and on railroad tracks, where the patrol car was not able to follow.
The four-wheeler was stolen from the back yard of a residence on Alexander Street in Bemiston between July 12 and July 13. The vehicle is valued at $8,000, Watson said.
Investigators do have a suspect in the case, but no arrests had been made as of Thursday afternoon. The suspect was described as a black male.
Theft of property in the first degree is a Class B felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by two to 20 years in prison.