Deputy arrested for leading authorities on high speed chase

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Dothan, AL (WSFA) – A Henry County Sheriff's Deputy is in trouble with the law after leading authorities in Houston County on a high speed chase through town.

Now, Henry County Sheriff Will Maddox is calling for his resignation.

Maddox said, "We can't have officers being arrested-- officers that are supposed to protect and serve but are actually endangering folks by speeding and eluding police, we can't have that."

Sunday, Houston County Sheriff's Deputies saw Deputy Ted Yost driving dangerously on a motorcycle.

When they turned on their lights and began pursuing him, Yost led them on a high speed chase for more than five miles.

Captain Antonio Gonzales, from the Houston County Sheriff's Office said, "He reached speeds in excess of 100 mph.  After about six miles, he turned back around to elude the officers and crashed into the deputy's car."

Yost was taken into custody and charged with two misdemeanors including reckless endangerment and attempting to elude law enforcement.

If Deputy Yost's name sounds familiar, that's because last April, he was shot in the face while responding to a call on duty.

Headland Police Officer Dexter Hammond, who was called in for back-up, was killed in that shooting.

Yost has been on workman's compensation since then, healing from his injuries.

Sheriff Maddox said, "We are sympathetic to his situation, but we have to do our job.  We have to maintain disciple and respect of the public and of law enforcement."

As of late Wednesday, Deputy Yost has not yet resigned.

He has been relieved of his duties while the case is investigated.

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