PRICHARD- Prichard Police have arrested a man following a chase. It happened Sunday night. The family of the victim says a woman was killed and her baby injured in a two-car accident. The family tells News 5 they think the crash may have happened because police were chasing 33-year-old Charles Dennis.
He’s been booked into Metro Jail and is charged with murder, attempting to elude, reckless driving, and 9 other charges. We’re told the baby is still under observation at USA Children and Women’s hospital. We will continue to follow this developing story.
Update from Police:
Prichard Police have arrested Charles Edward Dennis, 33 years old, in connection with a fatal collision in which one woman died and her 6-month old infant was taken to a local hospital for observation and evaluation.
Anteesha Monique Erica Banks of Seminary Street in Prichard was killed instantly when Dennis plowed into her car on Prichard Ave near the intersection of Edison St. Ms. Banks was 20 years old. Her 6-month old child was seated in a child restraint seat and was apparently unharmed in the collision. The baby was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
Dennis was attempting to evade Prichard Police after running through a 4-way stop sign at about 9:30 PM Sunday night at the intersection of Seminary St. and Clark Ave. at a very high rate of speed. Prichard Police were at the same intersection and turned on their emergency lights and siren in an effort to have the vehicle pull over and stop.
Rather than stop, Dennis increased his speed and made several turns until he collided with the vehicle driven by Ms. Banks at the intersection of Prichard Ave and Bella St. When Prichard Police came upon the collision, Dennis emerged from his car and fled on foot. Police caught up with Dennis on nearby B St. where he was apprehended.
Dennis has been booked into Mobile County Metro Jail and is charged with vehicular murder, possession of a stolen hand gun, possession of controlled substances, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident with injury and a number of other charges.