Bessemer man arrested after fleeing from police in stolen car
By Ben Culpepper
A Bessemer man has been arrested after attempting to elude police in a stolen vehicle Saturday morning.John Arden Mason IV, 33, is charged with Receiving Stolen Property 1st Degree, Attempting to Elude and Reckless Endangerment after he stole a car before leading Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies on a chase through five different towns. The vehicle was reported stolen just after 9:30 a.m. in the Rock Creek community. Deputies spotted the vehicle a short time later on Alabama Highway 269 in Sylvan Springs and attempted to make a stop, but the suspect fled, commencing a chase.The suspect led authorities on a pursuit through Mulga, Maytown, Wylam and Fairfield before entering Midfield traveling in the wrong direction in the northbound lanes of Interstate 59. Mason eventually exited the interstate at Jaybird Road then crashed at 15th Street and 9th Avenue before fleeing on foot.Deputies quickly established a perimeter surrounding Mason and they were able to apprehend him a short time later.Following taking Mason into custody, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office learned that the suspect was wanted in connection to a carjacking in Pleasant Grove that happened earlier this morning. Two children were inside the vehicle when it was stolen. Both children were found safe and unharmed, but the Pleasant Grove Police Department continues to investigate the case.Along with his newest charges, Mason had outstanding warrants for Theft of Property First Degree, Identity Theft and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card. He is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on bonds totaling $132,000.
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