Man arrested after chase, crash

Published 9:43 am Monday, February 1, 2016

A Lapine man was arrested after a car chase and a foot chase through Greenville on Friday.

Michael Lee Osborne, 30, of Lapine, Ala., was charged with attempting to elude a police officer and resisting arrest. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance after officers found what they believe to be cocaine in Osborne’s possession.

The car chase began around 3:25 a.m. after Greenville Police officer Thomas Hallford spotted a vehicle matching the description of a truck stolen earlier in the morning in Crenshaw County. Hallford attempted to stop the vehicle at the intersection of Hwy. 10 and Hwy. 31. According to police, at that point Osborne accelerated and continued south on Hwy. 31.

“Officer Hallford continued to pursue the truck, which also had a stolen 4 wheeler in the bed of the truck, for three or four miles,” said Capt. Justin Lovvorn, commander of the Criminal Investigations Division. “The suspect then tried turn off of Hwy. 31, lost control and struck a brick church sign.”

The crash disabled the truck. At that point, police say that Osborne ran across Hwy. 31 and climbed a fence to attempt to escape arrest. Officers pursued Osborne into the yard of a nearby residence and were able to take him into custody after a “brief struggle.”

According to Lovvorn, Osborne will also face felony theft charges in Crenshaw County for the theft of the truck and four-wheeler.