Pair leads Hanceville PD, CCSO on chase, crashes into CCSO vehicle

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Colton Gilley, left and Douglas Lowery, Jr. (Hanceville Police Department)

HANCEVILLE, Ala.– Two men led the Hanceville Police Department and Cullman County Sheriff’s Office on a multi-mile chase Sunday afternoon. The chase ended when the suspects crashed their truck into a CCSO deputy’s vehicle. The deputy was not injured.

Douglas Lowery, Jr., 24, of Crane Hill and Colton Gilley, 22, of Cullman were arrested on County Road 702 near Shaw’s Trailer Park (now Harmony Mobile Home Park) in Phelan. Lowery, Jr. was charged with third-degree burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia. Gilley is facing the same charges, along with a charge of attempting to elude.

The pursuit stemmed from an alleged burglary in the 1000 block of Section Line Road in Hanceville, according to Hanceville Police Chief Bob Long.

“We received a call that there was a robbery in progress,” said Long. “They (the caller) observed someone stealing a 3-gallon air compressor with a hose (worth approximately $160) and a Black and Decker drill (worth approximately $50). The guy who called it in actually followed them (the suspects) and gave dispatch their position. When the police got there, he got out of their way and the officer initiated a traffic stop.”

The suspects fled in their truck, and the HPD was joined in the pursuit by the CCSO.

He continued, “There was a high-speed pursuit that ran all the way up toward Shaw’s Trailer Park, over in the Phelan area. The driver of the (truck) crashed into a county deputy’s vehicle, causing substantial damage to it.”

Long said Gilley was the driver and Lowery, Jr. was his passenger. The men’s accounts of what happened did not match.

“Gilley said that he saw Douglas throw a red air compressor into the bed of the truck. Lowery stated that Colton Gilley told him to get the air compressor and put it in the back of the truck,” said Long.

“While conducting inventory, officers found a .22 caliber revolver, but it was not functional, and a syringe used for narcotics. Neither party claimed the gun or the syringe,” he said.

Both men remain in the Cullman County Detention Center.

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This photo shows the damage done to a Cullman County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s vehicle after a pursuit Sunday afternoon. (contributed)