Murder suspect charged after eluding DL check

Published 11:43 am Thursday, March 19, 2015

A teenager charged with triple murder in Tennessee will face additional charges in Crenshaw County after attempting to elude law enforcement at a driver’s license check early Monday morning.

Jacob Allison, 16, was charged with three counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted first degree murder for a shooting incident that occurred outside an R.V. in Chattanooga.

Out on a $525,000 bond for the triple murder, Allison was stopped at a checkpoint in Brantley at around 3:45 a.m. as he and two passengers traveled through Crenshaw County Monday, March 16. They were heading north from a weekend at the beach.

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When asked by Dep. Ralph Wilkerson to see his license, Allison told the deputy he had to pull over and get out of the 1990 red Toyota Camry to reach his wallet.

Instead of pulling over, Allison sped away.

“He took off so fast he almost struck Deputy Lee Simmons, who was speaking to a motorist in front of him,” said Crenshaw County Sheriff Mickey Powell. “If Dep. Simmons had not been paying close attention, he could’ve easily been hurt or killed. Allison had no intention of stopping.”

When notified about the chase, Powell took into consideration the time and limited traffic and gave deputies permission to chase Allison.

Wilkerson chased Allison into Luverne where a Luverne police officer attempted to stop the driver with a rolling barricade. The officer got in front of the vehicle and reduced his speed, but Allison passed him.

Powell notified the Montgomery Sheriff’s Office, asking for a roadblock.

The chase ended in south Montgomery County, where a deputy roadblock ran Allison off the road.

As the vehicle careened into the ditch, Allison jumped into the backseat. The owner of the vehicle, jumped from the backseat to the front and stopped the vehicle. She and Allison were charged with attempting to elude law enforcement.

Allison was also charged with reckless endangerment.

The third passenger was charged with possession of marijuana after admitting the drugs found in the car’s console belonged to him.

Allison was released from Crenshaw County Jail on a $3,000 bond Tuesday morning.

Tennessee officials plan to appeal to have his $525,000 bond revoked.

Last Monday’s driver’s license check yielded 16 arrests for everything from, reckless endangerment to possession of marijuana. The check was organized and operated by Alabama State Troopers.