High-speed chase ends in hay field

Published 6:42 pm Friday, March 5, 2010

A regular Friday-night traffic stop turned into a high-speed chase through the city of Luverne before it ended in a hay field in town.

Authorities say that around 8:30 p.m., a Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Deputy noticed a white Chevrolet Z-71 driven by Jason Edward Davis, 31, of Wetumpka, traveling north on South Forest Avenue in Luverne.

The deputy’s radar showed the vehicle doing 55 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone, but Davis refused to stop when the deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop.

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Davis led deputies on a chase around the city until he turned down East 10th Street, which is a dead end road.

Reaching the end of the road, Davis drove through a wooden shed and into a hayfield.

Despite suffering a slight scrape on his head when lumber from the shed blasted through the windshield of the truck, deputies say Davis fled the vehicle after hitting a hay bale and was caught shortly thereafter.

Investigators also say that Davis had a strong smell of alcohol on him and thought he was in Elba.

When deputies asked him how much he had to drink, he responded, “Not enough.”

Davis was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, attempting to elude a police officer and driving under the influence of alcohol.