High-speed chase ends at Exit 318 off I-65

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Updated 2-19-21 at 11:25 p.m.

LACON, Ala. – A high-speed chase originating in Morgan County after an attempted stop for a traffic violation led authorities into Cullman County, where officers from the Cullman Police Department and Cullman County Sheriff’s Office joined in the pursuit Friday evening. Alabama State Troopers were also involved. The vehicle eventually stopped off Interstate 65 Exit 318 at Lacon, where two suspects were apprehended.

No officers were injured. The suspects sustained minor injuries but were treated at the scene.

According to Cullman Police Capt. Gene Bates, the suspects fled from Morgan County, down I-65 South. Once in Cullman County, they exited onto U.S. Highway 278 through Cullman, down West Main Avenue and into Good Hope, where they got back on I-65 North.

CPD Officer Rob Long deployed spike strips; however, the suspects avoided them and exited onto Exit 310 and went down Alabama Highway 157 to Hwy. 278, where they turned back and came through Cullman again, taking a left on U.S. Highway 31 to Cherokee Avenue and to Good Hope and back to I-65.

The spike system was deployed again by Long near Exit 308, and this time all four of the suspects’ tires were deflated. The vehicle continued north and lost its tires, running on rims.

Once at Exit 318, the suspects exited the interstate and wrecked as deputies with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office were preparing to perform a pit maneuver to end the pursuit.

Bates said the driver had three felony warrants and the passenger had misdemeanor warrants.

As of press time, officers were recovering controlled substances that the suspects threw from the vehicle at various locations during the pursuit.

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