TUSCALOOSA – The Tuscaloosa Police Department released a statement Tuesday morning detailing a high speed chase that endangered the lives of firefighters and ended with the arrest of murder suspects at an apartment complex that houses hundreds of University of Alabama students. TPD’s official release is as follows:

On 7/27/15 at approximately 10:48 pm a Tuscaloosa Police officer activated his lights and sirens in an attempt to pull over a 2008 GMC Yukon for not yielding to a fire engine that had its emergency lights activated. The driver of the vehicle had no regard for the firefighter’s safety and nearly struck one of the firefighters. Once the officer activated his lights and siren the vehicle accelerated and a pursuit began. The pursuit began at Loop Rd and Cherokee Hills. The pursuit went north on Loop Rd to Veteran’s Memorial. Veteran’s Memorial to University then back west on Veteran’s Memorial to E 26th Av where the driver made a u turn and went back to Loop Rd to Hargrove and went to the dead end in The Woodlands where the driver and passenger bailed out. During the pursuit speeds hit nearly 100 mph. Officers caught the passenger in the vehicle after a foot chase. A perimeter was set up by TPD officers and TCSO deputies. A TCSO K9 unit was utilized and the driver of the vehicle was found hiding in a creek that runs through the Woodlands complex. The suspect was fully submerged in the creek with only his head out of the water. The suspect was taken into custody. A handgun was located near the suspect vehicle.
Officers learned that the suspects were wanted in connection to a murder that occurred in Bibb County. Officers contacted the State Bureau of Investigation and they responded to the scene and took over the investigation and custody of both of the suspects. The Tuscaloosa Police Department will obtain warrants on the suspects at a later date for the charges we have against the suspects from last nights incident.
We are not releasing the names of the suspects because they have not been charged by the Tuscaloosa Police Department and were turned over to the State Bureau of Investigations.

Sgt. Brent P. Blankley, Tuscaloosa Police Department

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