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Suspects IDed in purse theft, high speed chase

Video/Photo courtesy: Daniel Sparkman Video/Photo courtesy: Daniel Sparkman
John Taylor (Source: Montgomery Police) John Taylor (Source: Montgomery Police)
Steven Mims (Source: Montgomery Police) Steven Mims (Source: Montgomery Police)
John Clayton (Source: Montgomery Sheriff) John Clayton (Source: Montgomery Sheriff)

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Three suspects arrested after a purse snatching led to a high speed chase through Montgomery are being identified.

Steven Mims, 32, John Taylor, 30, and John Clayton, 69, all of the same residence on Holtville Road in Wetumpka, were arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning after a woman reported her purse stolen from a shopping cart.

The 23-year-old woman was loading items into her vehicle at the Atlanta Hwy. Wal-Mart when a man grabbed her purse and ran. She reported a description of the suspect and his vehicle to authorities and, a short time later, officers spotted the alleged purse snatcher's 1993 gold Toyota Camry.

When patrol units attempted to stop the vehicle, the man refused to pull over and a chase developed. The pursuit wound its way up Interstate 65 North, with numerous police cars close behind the suspect.

MPD's dispatch notified Alabama State Troopers and other local law enforcement. A Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputy is credited with stopping the vehicle after throwing down spike strips ahead of the chase.

The Camry was stopped on the interstate near Cobbs Ford Road in Prattville.

Mims was charged with Theft of Property 2nd Degree, Attempting to Elude (Keith Houts Act) and he had two warrants with the City of Montgomery and he was placed in the City Jail. 

Taylor was charged with Theft of Property 2nd Degree, one warrant with the City of Montgomery and he had two misdemeanor warrants from Elmore County and he was placed in the City Jail. 

Clayton was charged with Theft of Property 2nd Degree and he was placed into the Montgomery County Detention Facility. ©2010 WSFA. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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