Man wanted in Texas captured in Tuscaloosa County

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A man with active warrants in Texas was taken into custody after a police chase that injured a Northport Police officer Wednesday afternoon.

The incident started around 3:45 p.m., when a Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped a vehicle that had been called in as a possible wanted person in the 200 block of North McFarland Boulevard in Northport.

An officer with the Northport Police Department stopped to assist the TCSO deputy during the stop.

The vehicle’s occupant, who was identified as 32-year-old Jeremi Johnson of Cedar Hill, Texas, was found to be wanted in Texas on a felony.

As the TCSO deputy and NPD officer attempted to get Johnson out of the car, Johnson instead turned the vehicle in their direction and took off. The officers were thrown to the pavement, and the NPD officer received injuries that are not life-threatening.

Police from surrounding agencies located Johnson and stopped him several miles away from the initial stop, and he was taken into custody without further incident.

Northport Police have requested that the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit take over the investigation.

Johnson was charged with second-degree assault in the incident and was taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail, where he awaits potential extradition to Texas.

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