HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Huntsville police set up shop on Moores Mill Road near Highway 72 for a safety checkpoint.
Most drivers made it through Wednesday night's checkpoint with no problems. However, police arrested six people on charges ranging from DUI to drugs. Police say one of the drivers arrested was in possession of crack cocaine. Officers also wrote 113 tickets.
The checkpoint did not conclude without incident. Police wound up involved in a chase that lasted an hour and covered two counties before finally coming to an end.
The chase started at 11:30 Wednesday night on Moores Mill Road. The driver of a pickup truck decided to make a U-turn to avoid the checkpoint.
Authorities identified the driver as 37-year-old Aaron Butler. Officers chased him across most of northern Madison County. Deputies were able to slow him down to about 25 miles per hour using spike strips. The chase continued into Limestone County. More 20 patrol cars from Huntsville police, Alabama State Troopers, as well as Madison and Limestone County deputies, were involved in the chase by this time. We're told Butler called 911 at one point saying he wanted to give up. However, he continued to drive.
The chase finally came to an end at Jennings Chapel Road in Toney about 24 miles from where it began. Authorities say Butler pulled into a yard and started doing doughnuts.
Investigators tell us he had to be tasered before being taken into custody. Butler is behind bars in Madison County on numerous charges. A woman who was in the truck, 35-year-old Becky Brown, was also taken into custody on outstanding traffic warrants.