UPDATE (8:27 PM) — Below is a viewer video sent in of the high speed chase.
UPDATE: (08/01/202 3:53PM) — Bay Minette Police say the crash happened when the suspect’s stolen car and a police vehicle hit one another. Police say the suspect had hit police vehicles intentionally several times.
UNEDITED PRESS RELEASE:
On August 1, 2020, Bay Minette Police Department received a complaint from an individual stating that their vehicle had just been stolen from the Jet Pep Gas Station located at 2001 Highway 31 South Bay Minette Al. A description of the vehicle was given to officers on patrol.
A Bay Minette Patrol Officer spotted the suspected stolen vehicle near McMeans Ave and West 7th Street. The officer attempted to stop the suspected stolen vehicle and the driver of that vehicle refused to stop. A vehicle pursuit was initiated. The pursuit went into North Baldwin County and into Escambia County Al. The pursuit continued into Escambia Florida, where the suspected stolen vehicle contacted a Bay Minette patrol car. This contact caused the stolen vehicle to lose control and strike a tree on Highway 29 in Escambia County Florida. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
During the vehicle pursuit the driver of the stolen vehicle struck two Bay Minette Police cars multiple times intentionally.
This investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and the driver’s name has not been released at this time.
UPDATE (08/01/2020 1:28PM) — Alabama Bay Minette Police Department was involved in the pursuit that lead into Florida. The pursuit ended on US-29 when the driver lost control of the vehicle, traveled off the road, and hit a tree. The driver was the only person in the car and pronounced dead on scene by Escambia County Fire Rescue.
FHP is investigating the fatal crash. Investigators cannot confirm the suspect at this time due to no identification has been found on the scene where the suspect died.
UPDATE (08/01/2020 1:18PM) — On scene troopers confirm the crash from the pursuit was fatal.
Original Story —
MOLINO, Fla. (WKRG) — A police chase from Bay Minette into Northwest Florida ended in a terrible crash. A resident caught the dramatic chase on video and pictures of the crash scene on her Facebook page. Although police have not confirmed any information on the record, it is clear that there was a chase and a crash from those images.
The chase began in Bay Minette and ended on Highway 97 in Molino.
There is no further information at this time. WKRG News 5 will update you as soon as more information is available.
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