UPDATE (2/25) — The Bay Minette Police Department has identified the three suspects involved in the high-speed chase Wednesday morning.
Bay Minette Police Department press release:
On February 24, 2021, at approximately 10:36 Am, Bay Minette Police Officers responded to the American pride Gas Station located on Hand Avenue. This call for service was for a vehicle and three male subjects who had been parked in front of the store for an extended amount of time.
When officers arrived, they made contact with the driver of the vehicle Mark Allen Snellgrove. During this encounter officers attempted to identify Snellgrove. Snellgrove gave officers a false name. When the officer confronted Snellgrove about the false information he provided, Snellgrove attempted to drive away. One officer attempted to reach inside the fleeing vehicle and turn the engine off. During this attempt the fleeing vehicle struck a Bay Minette Police car and a utility pole. This caused the officer that was hanging onto the vehicle to be thrown from the vehicle into another parked vehicle and the asphalt. This officer suffered minor injuries.
Snellgrove and the two passengers fled the scene and led officers on a high-speed chase through residential areas of Bay Minette, the Stockton Community and eventually ending the pursuit on Quinley Road in the Crossroads community. Snellgrove drove onto private property on a dead-end road and attempted to maneuver around officers to drive back onto the public roadway. Two Bay Minette Police Officers rammed the fleeing vehicle simultaneously causing the suspect vehicle to become immobile.
During the pursuit the suspects threw numerous items from the vehicle to include, drugs, speaker box, tools, and a firearm.
The front seat passenger, Terry L Bofonchik of Laurel Hill Florida was immediately taken into custody without incident.
Backseat passenger Rodger Anthony Manning of Baker Florida ignored officers’ commands and was tased and removed from the vehicle. Manning continued to resist arrest after being tased and removed from the vehicle. Manning bit an officer’s finger during this struggle.
Driver Mark Allen Snellgrove of FT Walton Beach Florida refused to exit the vehicle and ignored officer’s commands to do so. BCSO released a K-9 bite dog into the vehicle. The K-9 successful apprehended the driver and removed him from the vehicle.
Two handguns were located and are confirm stolen handguns. Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia items were also found that was thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit.
All three suspects have lengthy criminal histories. The three suspects are currently in the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Correction Center held on a no bond for their charges. A bond hearing will be held on Friday, February 26, 2021, for all three suspects.
UPDATE: WKRG News 5 has received bodycam footage from Wednesday morning’s high-speed police chase in Bay Minette.
The video shows the moment an officer approaches the suspect vehicle. The man behind the wheel turns on his engine, and a scuffle ensues. The officer deploys his taser in an attempt to stop the suspect, but he is knocked away from the vehicle. The suspect then speeds away from officers.
UPDATE: Bay Minette Police Chief Al Tolbert says three officers were injured in the police chase Wednesday around Bay Minette. One officer suffered from a shoulder injury, and two others suffered minor injuries, including lacerations and bruises. One officer was bitten by one of the suspects. All officers were taken to the hospital to be checked out.
The chase started at 10:46 a.m. and ended at about 11:17 a.m. Speeds reached 100-plus miles per hour. Police recovered three firearms and an unknown amount of drugs. Tolbert said the three suspects were throwing tools and other objects out of the vehicle during the high-speed chase. All three have criminal histories, including violent felonies and drug trafficking.
About 20 officers were involved between the Bay Minette Police Department and the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) –The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office assisted Bay Minette Police with a pursuit where an officer was injured Wednesday morning.
The Bay Minette Police Department says the pursuit began on Hand Ave around 10:35 a.m. after receiving a call from the American Pride Gas Station about three suspicious males in a vehicle parked for a long time. The pursuit traveled north to the Stockton community and back south on Hwy 225 to County Rd 138. The chase ended on Quinley Road.
Three male suspects are in custody following the chase, according to Bay Minette PD.
Police say when officers made contact, the driver attempted to get away, when an officer reached inside the vehicle through the open door in an attempt to shut the vehicle off. The officer fell from the moving vehicle as it sped away. Bay Minette Police say their officer is being checked out at North Baldwin Infirmary for degree of injury.