Updated: Chase ends in Crenshaw County

Published 6:55 pm Thursday, April 11, 2013

Three Montgomery County residents who were uninvolved in a reported theft will face charges after leading deputies on a Thursday afternoon chase that began in Montgomery County and ended in north Crenshaw County.

Captain Jon Briggs of the Montgomery County Sheriff Department’s Criminal Patrol Division said that deputies responded to a report of a theft in south Montgomery County shortly after 3 p.m.

He said deputies saw a black Crown Victoria matching the description of the car in the theft report once they arrived in the area.

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“They tried to initiate a stop, but the pursuit started near Hobbie Road and Highway 331 in Montgomery County and continued south into Crenshaw County,” he said.

The chase finally ended near West Helicon Road in north Crenshaw County.

“What appeared to be three subjects in the car was actually four because there was a 1.5-year-old child in the vehicle,” Briggs said.

Two men and a woman fled from the car.  One man and the woman were apprehended near the vehicle, but the other man ran into the woods.

“A K-9 unit was involved in the pursuit, so it was deployed and tracked him down,” Briggs said.

He said the suspects were taken into custody, and after questioning, it was discovered that they were not involved in the originally reported theft.

“[The driver] thought he had a warrant out on him,” Briggs said.

Briggs said that the driver has an “extensive history” with law enforcement, and is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail on several charges related to the chase.

He also said that the female in the vehicle was the mother of the infant, and that further charges may be filed because of the child.

Briggs said the only injury during the event occurred while the K-9 was apprehending one of the suspects.  There was no damage to property, and the infant is “safe.”

Names of the suspects have not yet been released, pending further investigation.

As for the original theft call, the report was that an AR-15 rifle was for sale and someone came to look at it before fleeing with it.

Briggs said that the MCSO has a suspect in that case.

The Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the pursuit.