Cassidy Green of Sylacauga attempted to elude police responding to a domestic call on Quarry Road.
A police chase then ensued on U.S. 280 around 5:45 p.m., leaving five cars damaged — three of which were police cars. Two Sylacauga police officers and Green were treated and released for minor injuries at Coosa Valley Medical Center.
The vehicle Green was driving, a red Ford Ranger, was stolen off Coleman Road in the Talladega County Sheriff's Department’s jurisdiction, but Green was ultimately arrested by the Sylacauga Police Department.
Green, 27, had his initial court appearance Wednesday morning before District Judge Jeb Fannin. He was charged with theft of property in the first degree (motor vehicle), assault of a police officer in the second degree and attempted assault of a police officer in the first degree. Bond was set at $100,000 per charge, for a total of $300,000, according to Talladega County District Attorney Steve Giddens.
Theft of property in the first degree and assault in the first degree are both Class B felonies in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by 2 to 20 years in prison. Assault in the second degree is a Class C felony, punishable upon conviction by 1 year and 1 day to 10 years in prison.
In addition, Green also faces reckless endangerment, attempting to elude police and resisting arrest charges through the Sylacauga Municipal Court. These are all misdemeanor charges and bond is set at $2,600. Green is being held in the Talladega County Jail.
Because an officer fired a duty weapon during the incident, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation is conducting a separate inquiry into the discharging of the weapon, Interim Police Chief Chris Carden said.
“Although no one was hurt as a result of the officer’s use of his weapon, it is still normal procedure for us to have an outside agency evaluate and investigate our actions,” Carden said. “We do not know when the results of that part of the investigation will be complete.”
The Talladega County District Attorney’s Office was also notified as a routine measure.
Carden said the department thanks all the agencies that assisted in the incident.
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