4 in custody after leading police on high-speed chase on I-59
Four men are in custody today after leading five different law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase that began in the Lake View area.
Sgt. Andy Norris of the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office reports that the pursuit began after the Lake View Police Chief attempted to make a traffic stop in the vehicle occupied by the four suspects. The vehicle refused to stop and fled on Interstate 59 South.
A Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's deputy attempted to intercept the vehicle with emergency equipment, but the suspects continued to flee, prompting the Sheriff's Office to call in its helicopter to join the chase.
The suspects then crossed the median of the interstate and continued their attempt to elude police on I-59 North, reaching a speed of 100 MPH in the process. At mile-marker 97, the vehicle struck a Vance Police Department unit.
Spike strips were deployed at that point to stop the suspects, but they were unsuccessful.
After entering Jefferson County, the suspects' vehicle struck a Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office vehicle, ending the chase.
Four black males were then taken into custody, and they are being questioned in connection to some recent burglaries.
Sgt. Norris said reports that if the pursuit had continued into a more populated area, the Sheriff's Office helicopter would have followed the suspects, allowing the other law enforcement units on the ground to back off to avoid endangering innocent bystanders.The five agencies involved in the pursuit included the Lake View Police Department, Vance Police Department, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Alabama State Troopers.