Late Night Pursuits End in Car Crashing into Ravine in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Tuscaloosa Police officers responded to two late night pursuits Tuesday, one ending in a suspect's car rolling into a ravine, injuring one passenger.
The first pursuit began around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when a patrol officer attempted to stop a 2009 Hyundai Sonata traveling 65-70 mph in a 35 mph zone on Veterans Memorial Parkway. The driver, Zyperrion De'Auntrey-Love Dixon, 21, refused to stop. He led the officer east toward Five Points, eventually reaching a dead end on 40th Way East. Dixon bailed out of the car along with a passenger while it was still in drive, leaving a woman trapped in the back seat.
The woman was unable to exit the back seat before the car rolled several times and crashed into a steep ravine behind the Winn Dixie in Five Points. The officer rushed to the woman who was screaming for help, but could not reach the car in time to stop it.
The woman eventually climbed out on her own. Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue paramedics treated her on-scene for injuries to her face and nose before she was hospitalized for further treatment.
Officers searched the nearby woods until they located Dixon and a bag containing 230 grams of marijuana, THC cartridges and digital scales. K9 officer Bako led officers to Dixon, who was then taken into custody without incident.
Dixon was charged with attempting to elude, possession of a pistol without a permit and first-degree possession of marijuana. He also faces an additional charge of reckless endangerment for leaving his occupied vehicle in drive before abandoning it.
Dixon's front seat passenger remains at large as of publishing.
Unrelated to the first pursuit, as officers were searching the area for the passenger, a driver in a Honda passed at a high rate of speed. An officer followed and the driver refused to stop. The pursuit reached speeds of 95 miles per hour around the area of Loop and Hargrove Roads.
The driver then continued west on James I. Harrison Parkway, then north on Albright Road and onto McFarland before exiting at University Boulevard and heading east toward Alberta. He turned onto 24th Avenue East then stopped on Second Street East at a residence.
The suspect, Christopher Binion, 25, ran to the front door and surrendered. He is currently being held on multiple outstanding unrelated warrants issued by the Tuscaloosa Police Department and outside agencies. He received new charges including attempting to elude and several traffic citations.
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