Chase on Hwy 331 ends in crash

Published 12:53 pm Wednesday, September 6, 2023

A vehicle chase that began in Crenshaw County Wednesday morning ended in a crash with injuries in Montgomery County.

Around 9:24 a.m. on Sept. 6, a vehicle pursuit occurred near mile marker 68 on U.S. Highway 331 close to Highland Home in Crenshaw County before moving into Montgomery County and ending just south of the Ada community.

“The pursuit began after a Trooper with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division stopped the driver of a 2009 Ford F-150 pickup for a speeding violation,” said ALEA Sergeant Jeremy Burkett in a Wednesday afternoon release. “During the course of the traffic stop, the driver fled the scene and a pursuit ensued until the Ford eventually crashed on U.S. 331 near the 82-mile marker in Montgomery County.”

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According to Burkett, the driver of the Ford and a passenger were both injured and transported to Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery for treatment.

Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Chris Stewart said deputies received the call by radio but were too far away to respond before the chase led into Montgomery County.

As a precaution, Highland Home School Resources Officer (SRO) Andy Sutly, placed the school on temporary lockdown until the area was clear. No incidents were reported involving the school and the lockdown was lifted, approximately 10-15 minutes later.

No further information is available while Troopers with ALEA’s Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.