High-speed chase ends in arrest, damaged CPD vehicle

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CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman Police Department officers were called to Walmart North Tuesday at 8:29 a.m. regarding two people making fraudulent returns.

CPD Public Relations Officer Adam Clark said Walmart’s Asset Protection group members approached Ryan Gardner, 29, of Geraldine and Rebekah Harbin, 23, of Carbon Hill about the returns when the subjects fled. 

“Gardner got into a white Charger that belonged to Harbin’s mother and left Harbin at the scene,” Clark said. “She started walking toward the Verizon shopping center on Highway 157 and was located and detained there by officers.”

Clark said that Gardner drove to West Point at speeds of 115 mph while officers were pursuing him.

“He went through Jack’s in West Point and turned around and came back to town,” Clark said. “He was spiked at the Red Roof Inn by Lt. Todd Craig. Gardner was then boxed in by multiple police vehicles at People’s Bank. At that point, he ended up ramming his vehicle into one of our CPD police vehicles.”

Clark said that the officer involved in the wreck and Gardner were taken to CRMC with non-life-threatening injuries to be evaluated.

“He will have charges pending at Walmart, warrants and a probation violation,” Clark said. “They are currently working on warrants for Harbin as well. The situation ended at People’s Bank at 8:43 a.m.”

A thankful Clark wanted to send a “good job” to all CPD officers and deputies who responded from the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office for their proactive work and quick response. 

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