Driver in Custody After Leading Tuscaloosa Police on Long Pursuit, Striking Cruiser Friday
Police have a driver in custody who allegedly led local law enforcement on a long chase all over the Tuscaloosa area Friday afternoon.
Stephanie Taylor, a spokesperson for the Tuscaloosa Police Department, said officers began following a rented Toyota Camry around 3:30 p.m. over a traffic violation.
Taylor said the pursuit began around the intersection of Skyland and McFarland Boulevards and led officers onto and off of Interstate 20/59 in the area before getting back on Skyland, where TPD officers lost sight of the Toyota and called off the pursuit, but asked other officers, sheriff's deputies and State Troopers to be on the lookout for the vehicle.
Taylor said Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's deputies spotted the vehicle a short time later on 15th Street passing Queen City Avenue closer to the downtown area.
Another pursuit began and led deputies on Insterate-359, 35th Street, Skyland Boulevard, back to the interstate, down Highway 69 and and around the areas of Bobby Miller Parkway and Hillcrest School Road before law enforcement officers once again lost sight of the deriver and terminated the pursuit a second time.
Finally, a third pursuit began on McFarland Boulevard and raced around town on Skyland Boulevard, Greensboro Avenue, Bradley Road, Hargrove Road East and Loop Road near the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center.
Taylor said the driver struck a police vehicle, then eventually crashed on Woodland Hills near Lakewood Circle.
One person was taken into custody at 4:45 p.m., she said, and officers were still on site after 5 o'clock. Taylor said charges have yet to be determined.
The chase wound all over Tuscaloosa County and involved officers from at least two departments on the road and in the air. Taylor said speeds exceeded 70 miles per hour during some interstate portions of the pursuit.
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