Some folks just make things difficult for themselves, which, in a way, is why DUI defense lawyers are here to help. As a drunk driving defense attorney based in Birmingham, AL, I've represented my share of tough driving while intoxicated cases. With my vast experience in defending clients accused with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Alabama, I understand the way the prosecution typically handles such cases, and that's important to my clients.
Recently, two men — who were ultimately caught and charged with drug DUI and a litany of other drug possession offenses — led police on a high-speed car chase through northeastern Alabama. It all began just before 10pm after police arrived at the scene of a separate traffic accident on Dean Road in DeKalb County.
According to police, one of the suspects, 39-year-old Phil Harris Bryant, was allegedly involved in that first accident, but that man left the scene after being picked up in a Pontiac Bonneville driven by the second suspect, Stephen Crane Alexander, 45. An as yet unnamed woman was also traveling with Alexander as a passenger, according to news reports.
Not long after, Fort Payne officers stopped Alexander's Pontiac. The police reportedly removed Alexander from the vehicle and attempted to arrest him on suspicion of DUI and violation of narcotics law, but Alexander apparently broke away from them. Officers used a Taser on the man, but Alexander still was able to get back into his vehicle and leave the scene with the other two passengers aboard.
The police gave chase at speeds occasionally exceeding 100mph heading into Cherokee County. During the pursuit, police observed objects — possibly narcotics and drug paraphernalia — allegedly being thrown from the vehicle. The chase covered about 20 miles and lasted for about 15 minutes.
The chase ended when the suspects' vehicle hit a tree in Menlo, GA. Bryant had already jumped from the vehicle during the chase and was picked up by the police. The driver and the other passenger fled on foot after the crash, but Alexander was caught soon after. The woman remains at large, though police have a warrant for her arrest.
Police charged Alexander with DUI of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Bryant was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
As a DUI defense attorney, defending a DUI suspect who has also fled the police in a vehicle at high speed is a challenging job, but there is nothing that I haven't seen in my years as an Alabama drunk driving lawyer, so this case doesn't surprise me. If you have been involved in a DUI stop or arrested for drunk driving or refusal to submit to a breath test, I highly recommend that you contact a qualified legal professional to discuss your options.
Two charged in high-speed chase, times-journal.com, August 3, 2009