(Update) Suspect in Thursday night chase apprehended

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Dustin Dan Patterson (Cullman County Sheriff’s Office)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The male suspect involved in Thursday night’s lengthy high-speed chase through Cullman and down Interstate 65 was finally captured Sunday morning by deputies from the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Dustin Dan Patterson, 35, of Mulga, Alabama eluded authorities for more than 48 hours after fleeing into the woods in the Arkadelphia area following the chase. He is being held in the Cullman County Detention Center without bond.

Although the CCSO said Patterson has multiple drug-related warrants and will also face charges from the Cullman Police Department (CPD) related to the chase, it has not yet released the full list of new charges Patterson is facing.
 
Tiffany Barry, 40, of Bessemer, who was in the vehicle with Patterson, was apprehended the night of the pursuit. Barry was charged with attempting to elude, according to CPD Lt. David Nassetta, who said she will most likely also face charges of theft of property related to the shoplifting incident.
 

CPD Chief Kenny Culpepper Thursday night 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 CCSO 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.

More details are expected from the CCSO Monday.

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