March 25, 2017
An Indiana couple is in custody after a police pursuit and theft of a Jemison police vehicle on Thursday afternoon.
The incident began at around 1:30 p.m. when Jemison police Sgt. Brandon Wright attempted to pull over a small gold Kia that was speeding on County Road 29 near Interstate 65 exit 219, according to Jemison police. The officer pursued when the driver refused to pull over.
The pursuit ended when the Kia crashed at Collins Chapel Church.
According to Jemison police, the Kia was occupied by a man and a woman. The man ran from vehicle while the officer was taking the woman into custody.
While Sgt. Wright was occupied with the woman, the man got inside the police vehicle and started traveling in reverse toward the officer.
Wright fired shots into the vehicle in an attempt to stop it, police said.
According to Jemison police, the suspect then left the scene in the police vehicle and started traveling south on County Road 29. About a mile from the scene, the police vehicle was spotted at a residence where the suspect was attempting to steal another vehicle.
The suspect was then taken into custody by other responding officers.
According to Jemison police, the couple is from Indiana. Their names and charges haven’t been released yet. They are being held in the Chilton County Jail.
The Kia the couple was driving was reported stolen in Alabaster.
The Chilton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident at the request of Jemison police.