Mobile man hits cars, eludes police in downtown Fairhope

STAFF REPORT
Posted 5/8/17

On Friday, May 5, at approximately 6:52 p.m., a motor vehicle accident occurred on North Section Street between Pine Street and Oak Street in Fairhope.

 

According to witnesses, a Gray 2016 …

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Mobile man hits cars, eludes police in downtown Fairhope

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On Friday, May 5, at approximately 6:52 p.m., a motor vehicle accident occurred on North Section Street between Pine Street and Oak Street in Fairhope.

 

According to witnesses, a Gray 2016 Kia Sorento was traveling northbound on Section Street in an erratic manner.

The vehicle left the travel lane and struck several cars which were legally parked adjacent to the curb.  A total of five parked vehicles were damaged: a 2016 Toyota Tundra, a 2004 Acura TSX, a 2006 Toyota Prius, a 2015 Mazda 6 and a 2014 Honda Accord.  Each of the parked cars were unoccupied at the time of the collision.

 

The collision with the parked cars caused the Kia Sorento to overturn in the roadway. The driver, later identified as Darnell Demarcus Dedrea Harshaw, 19 of Mobile, exited the car and fled on foot.

Responding officers were informed of his direction of travel, and pursued him on foot. After a brief foot chase, Harshaw was taken into custody and arrested.

He was booked into the Fairhope Municipal Jail on a charge of attempting to elude police officers and has since been released pending a court date.  Additional charges related to the collision may be filed when the full investigation is completed.

 

There were four additional occupants in the Kia at the time of the collision: three 17-year-old females and a one-year-old male.  Although no injuries were reported, the one year old male was taken to the hospital for examination as a precaution.