MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A driver is in critical condition, and his two passengers were taken to the hospital after a police chase ended with the car crashing off a closed bridge.
“They tried to stop the vehicle because they recognized the vehicle and the driver as someone who fled from us last week,” said Captain Juan Joyner of Huntsville Police.
The driver in this case, who police identify as 28-year-old Chaunce Martel Williams, also ran from officers on two other occasions in the past couple weeks. Officers attempted to stop Williams just before 11:00 p.m. Sunday at Highway 53 and Dan Tibbs Road, but the driver took off.
Police and Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies chased him through rural roads before ending up on Research Park Boulevard. That’s where officers were waiting with stop sticks. The driver ran over the sticks, damaging two of his tires.
It was a wrong turn and an ongoing construction project that helped bring the chase to an end. The driver decided to go west on Old Madison Pike, toward Slaughter Road. That’s where he soon found out there was no bridge due to an ongoing road improvement project.
“When officers arrived on the scene, the driver got out and tried to fight the officers, but they were able to subdue him with the help of some madison county deputies,” said Captain Joyner.
The driver had two passengers in his car when he went down a 15 foot ravine, and crashed between two pylons. Huntsville Fire and HEMSI took all three to Huntsville Hospital.
Huntsville Police say the driver had two felony warrants against him. They also say they found a gun in the vehicle. The driver will likely face jail time one he recovers from his injuries.
“Besides the warrants,” said Capt. Joyner, “the driver could face a felony attempting to elude police because in doing so, he caused an accident that caused serious injury to another person.”
In addition to the outstanding warrants, Chaunce Williams has pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including possession of a controlled substance, burglary, and robbery… all in the last 2 years.