LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A teenager is dead after a pursuit that began in Decatur ended in Lawrence County, early Monday morning.
Lawrence County Coroner Scott Norwood identified the driver as 16-year-old Jaiden DeJarnett.
According to the Decatur Police Department, an officer attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of 67 and Danville Road, around 2:40 a.m.
Authorities said the driver did not stop, leading officers on a chase into Lawrence County. The chase ended when DeJarnett lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree on Jefferson Street in Courtland.
DeJarnett died at the scene, according to authorities.
News 19 learned that Jaiden DeJarnett was a student at Sparkman High School and was listed on the football team’s roster.
Madison County Schools officials said,
“Our hearts are saddened to learn of the passing of a Sparkman High School student during this holiday weekend. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the student. They are in our thoughts and prayers.
MCSS and Sparkman High School will provide counselors on campus on Tuesday to assist students and staff members in grieving. Please call the front office if you or your student need special attention.”Todd Dreifort, Sparkman High School Principal
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) troopers continue to investigate the incident.