UPDATE at 3:36 AM Sunday: The driver has been identified as 31-year-old Travis Lee Spurlock. Spurlock is facing charges for reckless endangerment and attempting to elude. Both carry a $1,000 bond.
Spurlock sat in jail for 72 minutes before being bonded out, free to go.
DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) – A Chevrolet Tahoe on the run from an Alabama State Trooper plowed through a brick wall on Woodland Drive that stood for generations early Sunday morning.
The scene where the chase ended is in a very pronounced curve of Woodland, just yards away from the Dothan Country Club’s golf course. The driver straightened out the curve with the Chevrolet and the vehicle came to rest in the front yard of a home in the 500 block of the street at around 2:00 AM.
Smoke poured from the vehicle’s motor and a loud clicking sound could be heard from the vehicle after it was totaled in the crash.
The Trooper originally turned around on the Tahoe driver on US 231 South near Dothan National Golf Course. The driver tried to elude the Trooper through the parking lot of Cowboy’s before getting back on the roadway and pressing toward Dothan proper at speeds above 90.
The Houston County Sheriff’s Office and Dothan Police backed up the Trooper as the pursuit began to make it’s way through residential areas of the city. The driver of the Tahoe was immediately arrested after the crash and has not been identified at this time.
Eluding is a misdemeanor in Alabama, and if the driver is not charged with any other crimes the man behind the wheel of the vehicle could be released from jail in a very short amount of time.
Jeremy Jermain Jones committed a similar crime in February where he led law enforcement on a high speed chase into Dothan. Had the crime been a felony, Jones’ probation with the state would have been revoked. Instead, he was freed a short time later where he went on a crime rampage a week later and killed a local man during another high speed chase. Eluding, according to Alabama law, only warrants a felony charge if death or bodily harm to an innocent bystander or third party occurs.