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Suspect ID'ed in high speed chase

Robert Wainright, Jr. (Source: Millbrook Police Dept.) Robert Wainright, Jr. (Source: Millbrook Police Dept.)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A man who was taken into custody Friday following a high speed chase along Interstate 65 into downtown Montgomery is being identified. Robert M. Wainwright, Jr., 42, of Montgomery, was arrested and charged with numerous crimes.

Those crimes include: Attempting to Elude, three counts of Reckless Endangerment, numerous traffic violations, two counts of Burglary 3rd Degree and two counts of Theft of Property 3rd Degree.

A chase of Mr. Wainright began shortly after 10:20am when a detective with the Millbrook Police Department observed what he believed was a burglary in progress in the 2300 block of Edgewood Road. After initiating a stop of the man's older model Pontiac Sunfire, the officer reported that the driver sped away toward the interstate. Speeds in excess of 80 mph were reported.

A WSFA 12 News camera crew was preparing for live shots of continuing coverage of the Federal Gambling Corruption Trial Friday morning when numerous police sirens became audible.

WSFA 12 News photojournalist Darren Gilley grabbed a camera as he was setting up shots at the federal courthouse. Gilley says he witnessed the scene as the Pontiac coupe, with a lawnmower sticking out of the trunk, tore past him with a slew of police in hot pursuit.

Wainright, wearing jeans and a white A-Shirt, jumped the curb a short distance from the courthouse, just across from the Troy University Montgomery campus. With the vehicle abandoned on the sidewalk, the suspect  ran into a business on Montgomery Street.

Alabama State Troopers, as well as officers with the Montgomery and Millbrook Police Departments rushed into the building after the man, and within moments he was handcuffed and led back out into the rainy weather.

Millbrook Police Chief P.K. Johnson said Wainright actively resisted arrest, and a taser was used to subdue him. Medics from the Montgomery Fire Department checked to make sure the man was not injured. He was later transported back to Millbrook where charges were filed.

Chief Johnson said a subsequent investigation linked Wainright to a second burglary in the 400 block of Brownstone Loop. Evidence from both burglaries was found in the man's car.

The police chief said Wainright's criminal history is "extensive" and expects additional charges to be brought against him in Millbrook and other communities.

"When our officer attempted to stop the individual, he made the very unwise and dangerous decision to flee from officers," Johnson said. "We were extremely fortunate that no one was injured as a result." Johnson added that the take down was an example of "outstanding police work and cooperation between area law enforcement agencies."

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