Friday, May 06, 2005

High-speed chase. Yeehaw.

Yesterday, there was a high-speed chase through three counties in central Alabama that ended in Montgomery. Ronald Stallworth was being transported back to jail from a court appearance for capital murder, rape and kidnapping when he stabbed a deputy sheriff with a nail, ran over his arm and left him on the side of the road. Police pursued the inmate from Clanton to Montgomery, about 50 miles, going about 120 m.p.h. Once in Montgomery, stop spikes were used and the inmate wrecked, fired at officers and was shot and killed. He was left in the car for about an hour after he died with the door open. What is this LA now?

Apparently, high-speed chases are becoming very common. This is the 3th or 4th chase I’ve heard of around Montgomery in the past year or so. The last eventful one was a few months ago. The people involved in this chase had just murdered someone and one of them had been shot. They were going to a hospital when a cop got behind them to pull them over and they freaked. They drove about 10 miles, took an exit in Montgomery down a busy street, hit a car waiting at a red light and led the police on a foot chase. They stole a car from a nearby apartment complex and were caught sometime later.

But that’s really nothing compared to how many there are in California. It's just not something you’d expect to hear about happening in Alabama. Maybe a runaway horse or cow (and that happens sometimes, but always in the country) but not an actual cops and robbers car chase. I don't remember any before a few years ago. I guess a little excitement is good for this boring, boring town. But I shouldn't say that.

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