(Update) 3 arrested after high-speed chase across Cullman County ends near Baileyton

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Left to right are Matthew James Sandifer, Kate Marie Golden and Niomie Danille Daly. (Cullman County Sheriff’s Office)

BAILEYTON, Ala. – Shortly after midnight Sunday morning, a suspect led officers from the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), Cullman Police and Morgan County Sheriff’s Office on a high-speed chase across Cullman County, through areas around Berlin, Simcoe, Fairview, Gold Ridge, Hulaco, Joppa and Baileyton. When the suspect vehicle appeared to be headed toward Arab, Marshall County authorities were also notified.

At one point, the suspect’s vehicle stopped long enough to let one passenger out on a remote county road. Law enforcement officers immediately behind continued to pursue the car when it sped away, while officers farther behind searched for the passenger.

The pursuit ended on County Road 1570 near the intersection with Grandiflora Road/County Road 1595, north of Parkside Elementary School. The driver and two passengers were detained at the scene.

The CCSO released the identities of the suspects Monday morning.

Matthew James Sandifer, 35, of Simcoe, the driver of the vehicle, was charged with attempting to elude, expired driver’s license, illegal possession of alcohol, open container in vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, speeding and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Sandifer remains in the Cullman County Detention Center on a $7,300 bond.  

Kate Marie Golden, 25, of Eva, a passenger in the vehicle, was charged with two counts of attempting to elude, illegal possession of alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of prescription medicine and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Niomie Danille Daly, 34, of Crane Hill, also a passenger, was charged with two counts of attempting to elude, illegal possession of alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Golden and Daly have made bond.

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