PRICHARD, Ala. (WKRG) - The search continues for a man who escaped from an Alabama State Trooper after a routine traffic stop. He led Trooper Chad Wynne in a high-speed chase starting in Prichard and ending Eight Mile.
The chase began 6 p.m. Thursday when Wynne attempted to stop a vehicle because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt and the truck tag was expired, according to ALEA.
Troopers say the driver fled in the vehicle on Lott Road near Schillinger Road. Wynne pursued the driver for about three minutes when the truck turned onto Suncrest Road where ALEA says the driver got out of the vehicle and fled on foot.
Officials say when Wynne ran after the driver, a pit bull got out of the truck and chased the trooper. The dog bit him on the hand while attacking him, according to ALEA. Officials say Wynne then shot and killed the dog.
Courtney Keltner witnessed the suspect driving his truck into a field across from her house.
Keltner shot video of the event and said, “As I’m recording, the lady (the passenger) gets out of the truck and the dog's in the window right there and jumps out and starts attacking.” Ketner said Trooper Wynne fired multiple shots killing the suspect’s dog.
Now Keltner and her neighbors hope the state troopers office will release information so they can be on the lookout for a man, troopers say, is armed and dangerous.
“I really think it’s important they release his name and his picture so people can be on alert to watch out for dude…I understand an open investigation, but there’s also public safety.”
Wynne was brought to USA Medical Center to be checked. Animal control was sent to get the dog.
Chad Wynee is a former Mobile Police officer who was shot in the chest and critically wounded during an armed robbery at a Winn Dixie in 2012.
ALEA officials say the tag on the Chevrolet truck was switched and a handgun in the vehicle was reported stolen.
Troopers continue to investigate.
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