GREENVILLE, Ala. (WSFA) - A business theft turned into a high-speed chase and eventually ended in the arrest of the suspect Thursday in Greenville.
Greenville Police Chief Justin Lovvorn says police got a call around 10:45 Thursday morning from a local business that said and employee witnessed someone taking items from the store without paying. Lovvorn says the employee was able to get a description of the vehicle the subject left in.
Responding officers saw a vehicle matching the description provided by the store employee and began pursuit. It was at that time, Lovvorn says, that the suspect vehicle sped up and cut off other vehicles as it turned onto Interstate 65 North.
The suspected vehicle led officers on a chase on the interstate before exiting at the Fort Deposit exit, Exit 142. There, the vehicle changed direction, traveling southbound on Highway 185 before losing control and driving off the roadway, striking a tree and rolling over, Lovvorn says.
Officers helped the suspect out of the vehicle, checked the suspect out for injuries as well as an ambulance crew. The suspect was taken to South Central Regional Medical Center in Greenville and their vehicle was impounded.
After the suspect was released from the hospital, police learned the suspect had given them a false name and was then taken to police headquarters for questioning.
Upon discovering the suspect’s true identity, which police say is Darryl Curtis Clayton, police found he was on probation and had otutstanding felony theft warrants with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Alabaster Police Department.
Clayton, 41, was found to have stolen just under $600 worth of electronics and other merchandise from the Greenville business, Lovvorn said. That merchandise was recovered.
Clayton, a native of Montgomery, has been charged with third-degree theft of property, reckless endangerment, attempting to elude, giving false name to a law enforcement officer, reckless driving and driving while revoked.