Tevin Garcia Williams, 21, of Birmingham, died when his motorcycle struck a utility pole in Gadsden, according to Michael Head, Etowah County deputy coroner.
Williams’ first encounter with local law enforcement may have come Wednesday. Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson said he attempted to pull over three motorcyclists Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 20 near Coldwater. Amerson described the motorcyclists as “driving erratically and recklessly at high speeds.”
The drivers eluded Amerson, and the sheriff put out an alert Wednesday to his deputies describing the three motorcycles.
A deputy saw three motorcycles matching that description Thursday morning on U.S. 431 near Wellington, Amerson said. When the deputy attempted to pull the drivers over, Williams pulled over and the other two took off on their motorcycles, the sheriff said.
As the deputy was exiting his car, Williams fled on the motorcycle, Amerson said, and the deputy pursued him. Amerson said the chase ended in Gadsden when Williams lost control of the bike and hit a utility pole near the intersection of Industrial Parkway and Meighan Boulevard. Williams died at the scene, the sheriff said.
“The deputy said he was driving at speeds between 80 to 100 miles per hour,” Amerson said.
The motorcycle Williams was driving was stolen from Birmingham, according to the sheriff.
The other two drivers, Andre James Byrd, 20, of Birmingham, and Radarius Jamall Burnett, 20, of Ensley, were discovered behind a Gadsden shopping center and were in the Calhoun County Jail on Thursday afternoon.
Both Byrd and Burnett were charged with attempting to elude police. Byrd also had outstanding warrants for his arrest in Jefferson County, according to Amerson.
Radarius Jamall Burnett, 20, of Ensley, was charged with attempting to elude police.
Amerson said the Gadsden Police Department and Alabama State Troopers were investigating the wreck Thursday.
None of the motorcycles had license plates, Amerson said, and deputies were determining who owned the bikes Thursday afternoon.
Amerson said law enforcement officials have seen several instances in which people remove the tag from their motorcycles in order to elude police.
“They have fast machines. They feel confident they can get away and it’s a very big danger to them and other people on the highway,” Amerson said.
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