Questions Surround Huntsville Woman’s Death in Bizarre DeKalb Co. Crash

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) - Police are investigating a wreck that left a Huntsville woman dead.  They say the situation started out as a domestic dispute call Wednesday morning in Fort Payne, but ended up with a police pursuit and wreck several miles away.

Police were called to a home on Godfrey Avenue North.  Chief Randy Bynum says when officers arrived they found a woman very distraught with blood on her right hand.  Police identified Franklin Ledel Blevins, 29, as a suspect.

They spotted Blevins in the alleyway behind the home. Chief Bynum says his officers tried to pull him over. "Officers got out challenged him to stop, get out of the car,  he decided to take off again," Bynum says.

Police say the chase only stopped when Blevins lost control of his truck when it went airborne, crossing over the intersection of Alabama Highway 35 and County Road 295. It crashed into a tree on the side of the road, killing 32-year-old Leanna Ivey who was in the passenger seat.

Investigators believe Ivey was Blevins' girlfriend.

They say Blevins had been in and out of jail for years, and at the time of the crash they say he was on federal probation.

Chief Bynum says he's facing several charges from them and from State Troopers who are investigating the crash itself. . "He's got a lot piled on him plus the fact that he did kill someone with his reckless driving."

He says on their end Blevins could face traffic violation charges and charges involving drug paraphernalia and possession.

Franklin Ledel Blevins, during a 2006 arrest (Photo: Fort Payne Police Dept.)

Franklin Ledel Blevins, during a 2006 arrest (Photo: Fort Payne Police Dept.

Blevins, of Fort Payne, was taken to DeKalb Regional and then flown to Erlanger Hospital.