Birmingham man arrested by police after high speed chase

Late Thursday afternoon a suspect wanted on four outstanding warrants led local police and U.S. Marshals on a high speed chase through several Jefferson County communities.{} According to U.S. Marshal Marty Keely, "surveillance" of the suspect began in Hoover.{} Hoover Police notified Bessemer Police that they had spotted the suspect.{}{} When Hoover and Bessemer Police attempted to pull over the suspect is when Walter McGowan, of Birmingham, took off.{} McGowan led police on a chase through Bessemer and Hueytown finally ending at Lock 17 Road and Camp Oliver Road in Oak Grove.

Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff Office threw spike strips across the road to slow McGowan down.{} When the vehicle McGowan ran over the strips, his vehicle crashed and the McGowan and a passenger were thrown from the vehicle.{} Both were taken to UAB Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.{}

McGowan was wanted on four outstanding warrants:{} forging a check, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, and producing pornography with minors.

At some point during the chase, McGowan also tried to ram a Bessemer police cruiser.