OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — An Ozark teenager is behind bars after a high-speed chase that resulted in the suspect driver crashing into a utility pole following a foot pursuit.
According to a press release, on Sunday morning, at approximately 10:00 a.m., the Ozark Police Department attempted a traffic stop for a speeding voilation on a Honda Accord in the area of College Street and Newton Avenue.
The vehicle failed to stop for police and lead officers on a vehicle pursuit. During the pursuit, the driver of the vehicle discarded a firearm out the window.
Following a short pursuit, the suspect’s vehicle lost control which resulted in crashing into a utility pole on Andrews Avenue and McLeod Lane causing the vehicle to become disabled. Two white males fled on foot from the vehicle. Officers along with the assistance of two citizens (Mr. Cody Todd and Mr. Micah Morris) began chasing the suspects by foot and successfully apprehended the suspect driver approximately a block from the crash site.
The additional male was not located, police reported.
The driver was identified as Tanner Kennedy, 18, of Ozark. The firearm discarded during the pursuit was located and later identified as stolen.
Kennedy was arrested for attempting to elude law enforcement, leaving the scene of an accident, carrying a pistol without a permit, tampering with physical evidence and theft of property 2nd degree.
This incident is still under investigation.
The Ozark Police Department would like to express their appreciation for the swift assistance Mr. Todd and Mr. Morris provided the Ozark Police Department. Their actions shows the respect and resilient relationships between the Ozark Police Department and our citizens.