James Pointer, 22, of Talladega, faces a felony count of attempting to elude as well as misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and numerous traffic offenses. He was also served with three contempt of court warrants through the Talladega Municipal Court.
According to Task Force Commander Jason Murray, officers attempted to stop Pointer near the intersection of Bankhead and Broadway, but he ran and a chase ensued.
Talladega Police Chief Alan Watson said the chase went down Sloan Avenue, through the North Gate cut through, back to Sloan and then down to East Street. At East and Sloan, Pointer, who was driving a 1999 Dodge Durango, sideswiped a Nissan Maxima and then T-boned a Toyota Tacoma, likely totaling the latter vehicle and knocking the tool box off of the bed and into the intersection.
Pointer then ran the Durango into a power pole, bailed out and jumped into a car heading back down East Street.
Watson said the car was blocked in by a police car. The driver of this vehicle was detained at the scene, but eventually released.
Pointer and the driver of the Nissan, Leroy Williams, 28, of Talladega, both sustained minor injuries and Williams may have been transported to the emergency room of Citizens Baptist Medical Center in Talladega.
The driver of the Tacoma, Scott Howard of Anniston, was not hurt.
The Alabama legislature passed a law in 2009 that makes it a felony if someone injures an innocent party when attempting to elude law enforcement. Conviction under the new law carries a penalty of one year and one day to 10 years in prison.
In addition to Talladega police and Drug Task Force, the Talladega Fire Department, Talladega County Sheriff’s Office, Northstar paramedics, RPS paramedics and the state Probation Department all responded to the scene as well.
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