Pair leads CPD on high-speed chase through downtown Cullman, down I-65


Updated 9-29-19 10:26 a.m.


CULLMAN, Ala. – A man and a woman led authorities on a high-speed chase through Cullman and down Interstate 65 South Thursday night. It all started over an alleged shoplifting incident.

Cullman Police Chief Kenny Culpepper said, “At around 6:30 p.m. officers responded to a report of shoplifting at Wal-Mart (on Olive Street in south Cullman). Officers attempted to stop them, but they fled.”

Culpepper said the pair led officers on a chase up U.S. Highway 31 through Cullman, all the way to Alabama Highway 157, where they turned toward the interstate.

“They did make contact with another vehicle during the chase,” said Culpepper, “but no one was injured.”

The vehicle exited onto I-65 South, and the CPD officers pursued it approximately 19 miles to Exit 291, where the pair exited toward Arkadelphia.

The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office joined in the pursuit on I-65.

“At some point, they (the suspects) blew a tire and were running on a rim,” said Culpepper. “They were forced to stop. The female was apprehended and the male ran off into the woods.”

A CCSO K-9 deputy was brought in to assist in the search for the male suspect. As of 8:04 Friday morning, the male suspect had not been apprehended.

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