UPDATE 11:30 am
Mobile Police confirm 22-year-old Elmer Smith was arrested this morning in this case. He was charged with drug possession, resisting arrest, attempting to elude police, failure to obey and recieving stolen property. He has prior arrests for drug possession, probation violation, carrying a pistol without a permit among other charges.
UPDATE 9:08 am
MPD sent this update to News 5
On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at approximately 3:50 a.m. officers were conducting a close patrol in the 2000 block of Victory Court when they attempted to stop a vehicle in reference to a traffic violation. The driver refused to stop. From the tag, officers determined the vehicle was stolen. The pursuit continued until the driver fled on foot in the area of the 4000 block of Cresthaven Road. Officers were able to apprehend the driver. He was found in possession of Xanax bars, and possibly ingested the illegal narcotics. He was transported to the hospital.
Sgt. Scott Congleton tells News 5 that the chase all started when police attempted to make a traffic stop near the intersection of Dauphin Island Parkway and Victory Drive at about 3:30 this morning. Officers say the car came back as stolen and they tried to pull over the driver.
The unidentified driver would not pull over and then proceeded to take police on a high speed chase four miles west, through Pleasant Valley Road. The suspect ditched the car and ran behind some homes at Elmwood and Cresthaven. After a short chase on foot police caught him. Congleton said the suspect told police that he was on spice.
The man was taken in an ambulance to USA medical Hospital for treatment before heading to Mobile Metro Jail. The stolen car was towed away at 5 am. It is a new-looking, gray, Nissan Altima.
ORIGINAL STORY 4:00am:
News Five is following a high speed chase that happened around four o’clock this morning.
The chase started west on Azalea Road, with speeds reaching as high as 100 miles per hour.
It ended on Elmwood and Cresthaven with the suspect in custody.