Police chase ends with injuries, drug charges
by Elsie Hodnett
Dec 12, 2013 | 4221 views |  0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Pell City man is facing felony drug charges after running from police in Lincoln and wrecking his vehicle, injuring at least two passengers.

According to Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force Commander Jason Murray, Michael Allen, 41, of Pell City was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia as well as attempting to elude, reckless endangerment and other traffic offenses. Bond on the drug charges was set at $25,000 by Talladega County Circuit Judge Julian King.

Lincoln officers became involved in a high-speed chase shortly before midnight Tuesday.

Lincoln Police Lt. Johnnie Messer said while driving southbound on Talladega County 207, he attempted to initiate a traffic stop due to erratic driving.

“After the Chevrolet Tahoe pulled over, I attempted to approach the vehicle but they sped off,” he said. “I pursued the vehicle, which reached speeds up to 100 mph continuing south on Talladega County 207.”

Messer said approximately a mile past Stemley Bridge Road, the vehicle slowed, drove through a culvert and into someone’s yard before heading northbound.

“Once we got to Stemley Bridge Road, the driver turned and headed toward St. Clair County,” he said. “The chase went to Pine Harbor Road in Pell City, then the driver turned through a business and drove up an embankment off-road and headed toward Talladega County.”

Messer said Lincoln Police Officers Ryan Lundy and Matt Howell joined the pursuit, which went north until the vehicle veered into traffic at Wood Road.

“They traveled down Wood Road at a high speed, took a right on Fulmer Drive and went onto an unimproved dirt road,” he said. “We pursued the vehicle to a wooded area.”

Messer said the vehicle drove straight into the woods and initially became stuck.

“Officer Lundy and I pursued the vehicle on foot while Officer Howell remained in his patrol car to flank them should they continue to try to elude the officers by reaching another road,” he said. “The vehicle continued through the woods, running over two barbed-wire fences and an unidentified structure. Once the vehicle got through the woods, I continued to pursue on foot and Officer Lundy returned to his patrol car to try and catch them.”

Messer said after running approximately 150 yards, he heard female voices screaming.

“The vehicle had sustained so much damage that it was fully disabled and unable to travel further,” he said. “I made my approach and there were two females in the vehicle who were injured. Two males had fled on foot, leaving the women behind.”

Messer said he rendered aid at the vehicle while the other officers called for emergency response vehicles and continued to pursue the two males on foot.

“The St. Clair County and Talladega County Sheriff’s deputies responded, as did the Alabama State Prison K-9 Unit,” he said. “One man was located and identified as the driver. The other male located has not been identified at this time as being involved in the chase; however, he had warrants from Pell City, and the Talladega County Sheriff’s Department took him into custody and transferred him to Pell City.”

Allen was the driver.

Murray said in addition to the methamphetamines that lead to the drug charge, syringes and scales were also recovered.

Messer said the two females were not arrested on charges due to their medical condition following the high-speed chase.

“I want to thank the Talladega and St. Clair County Sheriff’s Departments, the Stemley Volunteer Fire Department and the State K-9 Unit for their assistance,” he said.

Possession of a controlled substance is a Class C felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.

Daily Home staff writer Chris Norwood contributed to this report.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com. Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com