JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for Reckless Murder against Reico Derrell Terry following an ALEA investigation.
Tuesday Jefferson County deputies added additional charges against Reico Derrell Terry.
Deputies said Terry led them on a chase throughout the area and onto the interstate in a chase that killed his son Saturday.
Terry is now being charged with Loitering for the Purposes of Drugs and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Deputies said Terry attempted to destroy evidence of illegal narcotics while he was running from deputies.
Deputies said during the chase Terry failed to stop at an intersection and then drove into the path of an oncoming diesel truck. The collision killed his 15-year-old son, who was a passenger in the back seat.
ALEA is still investigating the crash to see if charges will be filed against Reico Terry in the death of his son, Jaylen Derrell Terry.
ORIGINAL: The 15-year-old son of a man who Jefferson County Deputies said led them on a chase has died after a crash with an 18-wheeler.
On Saturday, The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Neighborhood Enforcement Team (SNET), accompanied by a crew from Live PD, who was filming, but was not live, saw a drug transaction at a gas station in the Midfield area.
Both parties in the transaction were stopped. As deputies approached the seller’s vehicle the driver identified as Reico Terry, sped away from the scene.
Deputies said Terry led them on a chase throughout the area and onto the interstate. Attempts to block the vehicle in were unsuccessful, and the driver exited onto surface streets. Once it was apparent that the driver was not slowing for intersections, the SNET Deputies ended the pursuit.
The driver continued on his path to distance himself from deputies without yielding to oncoming traffic or stopping for traffic lights. The vehicle collided with an 18-wheeler at the intersection of 8th Avenue West and Arkadelphia Road.
Deputies said Terry jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to run from the scene, but he was taken into custody a short time later.
Terry was found to be in possession of heroin. The front seat passenger was also questioned at the scene and released. He received only minor injuries in the accident.
The rear passenger of the vehicle, Terry’s 15-year-old son, was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
The victim has been identified as Jaylen Derrell Terry. Authorities initially reported he was 16, but the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office confirm he was 15.
Terry is in the Jefferson County Jail where he is being charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony alluding, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest. His bonds total $43,000.
According to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office procedure, ALEA was called to work the traffic accident. Additional charges from the wreck may be pursued against Terry pending the results of the investigation by ALEA.