By Alton Mitchell
What started as a simple Wednesday afternoon drive in Lanett soon led to two people fighting for their lives and a third sustaining injuries that required a trip to the hospital. A high speed chase through the streets of Lanett would ultimately end in a crash that left the three occupants of the vehicle in the hospital.
According to a press release from the Chambers County Sheriff’s Department a deputy with the department was patrolling an area near Phillips Road in Lanett. The deputy observed a vehicle that appeared to be in violation of a traffic infraction. At about 1:23 p.m. on Wednesday the officer attempted to stop the vehicle along Phillips Road. The driver of that vehicle failed to yield to deputy’s request to stop.
The driver rather accelerated the vehicle to a high rate of speed and turned off of Phillips Road onto Cusseta Road. The driver continued to travel along Cusseta Road at a high rate of speed. The driver lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of Cusseta Road and Magnolia Road, and upon the loss of control the driver struck a tree and utility pole. The pursuing deputy went to inspect the vehicle following the crash and discovered three occupants in the damaged vehicle.
The three occupants of the vehicle all had been injured in the crash. Medical personal arrived on the scene and transported the occupants to the hospital. The driver of the vehicle and one of the passengers had been seriously injured and sustained what are classified as life threatening injuries. Their injuries required them to be flown out of from the scene by Lifesaver air ambulance. The other passenger in the vehicle was injured, but not as serious as the other occupants. This passenger was transported by Lanett EMS to the hospital.
The Chambers County Sheriff’s Department turned the investigation over to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Traffic Homicide Unit for further investigation. Upon release from the hospital the Sheriff’s office states that charges are pending for the pursuit.