BAY MINETTE, Alabama — A suspect who led police on a high-speed chase from Bay Minette was pronounced dead at the scene after making contact with a BMPD patrol car on Highway 29 in Escambia County, Florida, on Saturday.
According to a release issued Saturday by Bay Minette Police Chief Al Tolbert, BMPD received a complaint on Saturday from an individual stating that their vehicle had been stolen from the Jet Pep Gas Station on U.S. 31 in Bay Minette.
A description of the vehicle was given to officers and a Bay Minette patrol officer spotted the vehicle near McMeans Avenue and West Seventh Street.
“The officer attempted to stop the suspected stolen vehicle and the driver of that vehicle refused to stop,” according to the release. “A vehicle pursuit was initiated.”
The chase continued into North Baldwin County, Escambia County, Alabama, and then into Escambia County, Florida, where the impact with the BMPD patrol car caused the vehicle to lose control, leave the roadway and strike a tree.
“During the vehicle pursuit the driver of the stolen vehicle struck two Bay Minette Police cars multiple times intentionally,” according to the release.
The driver of the vehicle was not identified in the BMPD release and the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.