Mobile police officer passes out after chase, possibly due to heat exhaustion

Mobile County

Mobile police have confirmed one of their officers passed out after a foot chase Sunday afternoon.

News 5 was the only one on the scene as the officer was taken away on a stretcher just before 5:00 p.m. Police say he possibly passed out due to the heat. 

Mary Ha got a first look at the pursuit from inside her restaurant, K&D seafood, in the 400 block of Azalea Road. She says a man came into her restaurant and ran into their restroom. 

“We didn’t know what was going on, and the cop came in behind him, and they basically busted down our door and brought the guy out,” said Ha. She continued, “all we heard was ‘get on the floor! Get on the floor!'”

The suspect, had been chased by police around the area. Not long after that suspect was in custody, more commotion, just across the street. 

“Saw ambulance, saw firefighter, saw cop cars, and I guess there was another cop, and he, I guess the guy had thrown his belongings out, I’m not sure, but I know the cop was looking for his stuff and he just passed out,” said Ha.

Police tell us that officer passed out after the chase, possibly due to the heat.

It’s the first heat advisory of the year in Mobile. The officer was dressed in full gear including a kevlar bullet proof vest while he gave chase. 

Ha knew the officers were hot so she handed out water to other officers still investigating outside her restaurant.

“I understand in the chase it’s hot outside, so I just didn’t want him to pass out as well, so just to keep them hydrated and thank him for his service. I’m pretty sure it was a crazy morning for him,” said Ha.

We do not know where the chase began, or why police were chasing the man. We have reached out to police for more information, we will update as more information becomes available. 

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