MONTGOMERY CO., AL (WSFA) - A passenger involved in a high-speed chase in Montgomery County that resulted in a fatal two-vehicle wreck has been charged with murder, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham.
The wreck occurred around 9:52 a.m. at the 164 mile marker on U.S. Highway 231. One person in the vehicle that was involved in the chase died. Three other passengers in the fleeing vehicle were injured in the wreck.
According to Cunningham, 17-year-old Tamichael Campbell has been charged with felony murder after being released from the hospital. He was taken to the county jail with a $60,000 bond. Cunningham said Campbell will be charged as an adult.
The driver of the vehicle and the second passenger are still in the hospital with injuries they sustained in the wreck.
The deceased suspect, identified as 17-year-old Deonte Davidson, was killed after he was ejected from the fleeing vehicle during the crash. Davidson was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, according to Alabama State Troopers.
The chase started after Montgomery County authorities received a call about possible burglary suspects traveling in a stolen 2002 gold Jaguar.
Cunningham said the Jaguar topped speeds of more than 100 mph as it traveled down Highway 231 during the chase.
Deputies radioed ahead of the chase and another deputy was preparing to deploy spike strips. Before the Jaguar reached the strips, however, Cunningham said it clipped a 2008 Honda Odyssey, left the roadway and struck a tree. The crash occurred at the 164 mile marker on Highway 231.
According to Cunningham, one of the three occupants of the Jaguar attempted to flee from the wreckage. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's helicopter was deployed in an effort to help find the suspect.
Troopers say the fleeing suspect was eventually located and all three suspects were transported to a local hospital with injuries.
"It's tragic anytime you have somebody that's killed during a traffic accident," Cunningham said, "not only if it's the suspect, it could have been any bystander."
According to troopers, the occupants of the Odyssey were not injured.
Cunningham said investigators found stolen items inside the car from a burglary that is believed to have occurred earlier in the day on Monday.