HOOVER, Ala. (WBMA) — A high-speed chase that started in Cullman County ended with a crash on Hwy 31 in Hoover Monday morning.
According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, they, along with the Cullman County Sheriff's Office, attempted to stop a stolen Toyota Scion XD on I-65.
The driver of the stolen car led authorities through Cullman, Blount, and Jefferson Counties before exiting onto Hwy 31 in Hoover, where he crashed near Chick-fil-A. The spanned at least 50 miles on I-65 southbound.
The driver of the car, 43-year-old Steven Garner and passenger 50-year-old Dana Morales, both of Jasper, were taken into custody. Garner left the scene in an ambulance.
The owner of the car, who does not want to be identified, told ABC 33/40 News the car was taken from a Texaco station in Carbon Hill. He was on his way to volunteer at Carbon Hill High School, ran into the gas station to grab a drink, but left the car running. He says the car is a complete loss.
The chase came to a crashing end near the Hoover Commons shopping center on Highway 31, near the Chick-fil-A drive thru. Stephanie King works at another business in the shopping center, she saw the aftermath of the chase.
"I've never seen a bunch of state troopers out here like that before," said King. "I don't understand how anybody can get that far really, Coming from Cullman, there's so many places that you could just get caught. That's crazy that they made it this far."
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Shortly after the crash, the Cullman County Sheriff's Office joined the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and Hoover Police at the scene.