UPDATE: ALEA releases additional details on vehicle pursuit that resulted in trooper car fire

Mobile County

UPDATE (7/21/20 4:28 P.M.) — ALEA has released additional details on a pursuit that resulted in an Alabama State Trooper vehicle catching fire on Canal Street.

Shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Monday, July 20, an ALEA Trooper became involved in a vehicle pursuit on I-10 eastbound from the area of McDonald Road.  The fleeing vehicle exited the interstate at Canal Street and stopped on the ramp where the driver, Lathan N. Hawkins, 21, was taken into custody without incident.  Following the capture of Hawkins, the trooper’s 2019 Dodge Charger caught fire and sustained disabling damage.  Hawkins was charged with Attempting to Elude and Reckless Endangerment and booked into the Mobile County Metro Jail.  No further information is available as the cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

Lathan Hawkins

Update (7/21/2020 9:08 A.M.)– ALEA confirmed MCSO initiated the pursuit. The suspect stopped on the Canal Street exit ramp and was arrested without incident. The Alabama State trooper car caught fire for unknown reasons.

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — An Alabama State trooper car caught on fire on Canal Street, just off the exit from I-10. This was following a pursuit, according to ALEA.

Troopers, the Mobile Sheriff’s Office and Mobile Fire-Rescue were on scene investigating.

ALEA says the trooper in the car is OK.

This happened around 10:30 Monday night.

More details about the pursuit have not been released yet.

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