Driver arrested after Mobile police chase identified

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UPDATE (11:14 a.m.) 8/14/2019 — The driver involved in Tuesday’s chase that ended in a crash in Mobile was 20-year-old Kentrell Freeman, according to MPD.

Kentrell Freeman, 20

UPDATE (9:00 p.m.) — One man is in custody. He’s accused of crashing his car into a tree during a police chase. The homeowner told News 5, unfortunately he was not surprised to see a car crashed into the tree in his front yard, but he was surprised to see all the police officers outside his home.

Crochen Tripp told us the noise of the crash startled his wife. He said, “It sounded like a boom…My wife woke me up and told me there was something going on outside, told me that I needed to get up go out there and look.”

When he opened his front door he saw the suspect’s car crashed in his front yard and his tree on top of it. Tripp said, “I was seeing police going over the back gate. I ran back there because I didn’t want them to shoot my dogs, so I went there to watch them, you know, make them behave.”

Police say the suspect hit another car and took off leading officers on a chase until he crashed into this tree. News 5 took exclusive video just a couple of streets over where paramedics were treating the suspect while he sat in the back of a police car.

Mobile Urban Forester Peter Toler said, “They had to have been going quite fast because a water oak of that size in good condition, it takes quite a bit of force to break a tree off at the ground from a small car.”

This is not the first time for someone to hit the tree in Tripp’s front yard, but now that someone’s knocked it down, he plans on protecting his house another way.

Tripp said, “I’m going to put an eight foot pole down in the side right there inside that fence when I put that fence back. Eight-foot pole with cement because they’re going to come back again. Them trees ain’t going to be there long because they’re coming back.”

ORIGINAL STORY

MOBILE, Ala (WKRG) — A police chase ended in a crash in the Toulminville area. Officers say one man is in custody. This happened on Mott Drive, near St. Stephens Road. Police are searching the area after a car crashed into a tree, sending the tree toppling over.

Mobile Police say officers saw the car back up into another vehicle on Dauphin Street at Springhill Avenue and fled the scene. The officers attempted to stop the vehicle and the driver sped away.

Officers pursued the vehicle until the driver crashed into the tree on Mott Drive. Police say the driver ran away from the car, but was eventually captured.

Police say there is no evidence of the suspect attempting to break into homes in the area.

LIVE: Car crashes during a police chase that ended Mott Drive, near St. Stephens Road. https://www.wkrg.com/news/possible-chase-ends-with-crash-tree-on-top-of-car/

Posted by WKRG on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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