The pair are suspected in a robbery around 4 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of the Quintard Mall in Oxford.
According to police, the pair approached a woman in the parking lot, put a gun to her head, swore at her, and stole her purse.
Around 7 p.m., police spotted a blue pickup truck that they believed to be the suspects’ vehicle, as it pulled into a Walmart parking lot. When a police officer attempted to pull the truck over, the truck sped away.
What followed was a chase with speeds up to 90 miles per hour on Friendship Road, Macintosh Road and other streets in Oxford. Twice, the pickup truck struck a police car in the chase – once, when the car spun out near the intersection of Elm Street and Friendship Road, and once near Berry Street. The car sustained some damage to its front end, police said.
An Anniston Star reporter was in the police car that was struck by the suspects’ vehicle. The reporter was riding along with the police for an unrelated story when the chase began.
At about 7:20 p.m. police arrested a suspect who identified himself as Justin Stripling. Stripling was caught after the truck stopped near Macintosh Road and Stripling fled into the woods.
A few minutes later, police arrested a second suspect, identified as Greg Hubbard.
Police said that in addition to pending robbery charges, the pair will likely face charges of assault with a deadly weapon for intentionally colliding with a police car. Police said there may also be drug charges against the pair for a pill found in the truck, which police believe is hydrocodone.
This story was written with reporting from Star staff reporter Cameron Steele.