DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The driver and his three friends were traveling from Maryland for a birthday trip to the beach when a Wiregrass car chase began.
Starting on US-431 in Henry County, the guys were driving in their black Infiniti car when a state trooper says they saw they were speeding, and that’s when the driver panicked.
“I asked him, “Baby, why didn’t you just stop?” The Dot Chew’s Tammie Clayton said. “He said, ‘well, I have always heard things about the South.’ I said, “What do you mean?” and he said, ‘well, I have always heard things about the police in the South so I got scared’.”
The chase then wrapped around Ross Clark Circle, making its way East Main Street. That’s where the Infiniti jumped a curb in the Dollar General parking lot, across from Southeast Health, running over a tree and then hitting a truck.
Despite reports, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) confirms no shots were fired during this chase.
The driver was taken into custody for attempting to elude and resisting arrest he has since bonded out of the Houston County Jail.
The other three guys were not arrested, and at this time, they are just thankful that the situation didn’t turn into something else.
A Dothan blogger, Tammie Clayton with The Dot Chew got involved and tried to help the guys in the car.
“These babies are still smiling,” Clayton said. “I am so happy that they were not hurt. I am happy that no gunfire. There y’all go already sending money you better come on Chewers. That’s what I am talking about I haven’t even asked for a seed yet,” Clayton said. “I already have Chewers sending seeds. These babies have to get home. This is what it is about for me.”
The Dot Chewers rallied together and were able to raise $1,500 for the people involved in this situation.
They tell WDHN they are thankful and know they couldn’t have done any of this without the help from the community.
“From the CashApp that was sent to me. I was able to rent a vehicle and get the three boys home.”
Clayton says the driver served in the military and has never been in this trouble.
“That was his first time ever being in jail,” Clayton said. “He doesn’t have a record whatsoever and has never been in any trouble. We never want to judge before we know the facts.”
This case is under investigation with ALEA and Clayton says she will attempt to help the driver of the car as much as possible.
Clayton adds that the other guys who were in the car are headed back to Maryland and the suspect will hopefully be heading home on Saturday morning.