High-speed chase ends in arrest

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 20, 2005

It was a wild ride that ended in the suspect’s front yard.

That is what Officer Albert Dyess of the Greenville Police Department said about the events of Wednesday afternoon.

He said he was stopping Benjamin Jay Smith, 23, for six warrants outstanding on him. When Dyess went to exit his police cruiser, Smith sped off.

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&uot;I knew he was going to run,&uot; Dyess said.

&uot;We started at Fort Dale Road at the bridge over I-65.

He actually stopped and waited for me to open the door.&uot;

From there, Smith led Dyess and other pursuing officers down I-65 South until he swerved off the at the 128 exit and began to drive west on Ala. Highway 10.

&uot;I had a feeling he was heading that way because he lives 12 miles outside town,&uot; he said.

&uot;At our fastest, we were driving 115 mph.&uot;

Other GPD units, the Alabama State Troopers and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office joined in the chase.

&uot;He turned into his yard at a high rate of speed and jumped from his car and ran,&uot; Dyess said.

&uot;He lay down in some grass and that’s where we found him.&uot;

Dyess said Smith now faces charges on two counts of reckless endangerment, failure to appear for driving while license suspended, failure to appear for no insurance, failure to attempt to elude, failure to appear for speed, failure to appear for reckless driving and failure to appear for no driver’s license.

&uot;It would have been better if he had just stopped,&uot; Dyess said.