Man Accused of Ramming Patrol Car in Baldwin County Arrested Near Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WKRG) - Deputies in Jefferson County, Alabama arrested a man Tuesday night who had been the subject of a statewide manhunt after ramming a police patrol car in Baldwin County last week.

47-year-old Anthony Scott Marler of Ashland, AL was arrested in Fultondale after deputies found him in possession of a truck that was reported stolen out of Moody.

Marler is also accused of ramming and driving onto a patrol car in Summerdale during a traffic stop last Wednesday (Dec. 6). The traffic stop was caught on a dash camera and shows the truck backing into the patrol car.

"The truck puts it in reverse," said Summerdale police chief Jimmy Davis last week. He added, "Floors it, hits the patrol car, goes up onto the hood and then gets hooked on the brush guard. He's spinning his tires and everything."

According to authorities, Marler had reportedly told family members that he had cancer and, if confronted by law enforcement, he was going to shoot it out because he was dying anyway.

However, that was not the case when deputies responded to the home in Fultondale where the stolen truck was located. Deputies say they went to the home and found Marlar sitting in a chair, and when he stood up, the keys to the stolen truck fell from his lap. He was taken into custody and deputies later found a short-barreled shotgun laying the chair where he had been sitting.

Marler was arrested and taken to the Jefferson County Jail. He will also be charged with receiving stolen property and possession of a short-barreled shotgun. He remains in jail with no bond.


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