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December 19, 2014

Man arrested after two-county high-speed chase

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Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 9:21 pm | Updated: 9:42 pm, Tue Aug 12, 2014.

A Brookside man is being held in the Talladega County Metro Jail on a $100,000 bond after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase covering two counties Sunday.

Tommy Clay Smith, 39, was arrested on outstanding warrants and drug charges as well as attempting to elude and reckless endangerment in connection with the chase.

According to Capt. Mike Brewer, Lincoln patrol officers first observed Smith driving at a high rate of speed, “spinning his tires and coming out sideways onto the road.”

The chase eventually led onto the interstate and into St. Clair County.

St. Clair County Assistant Sheriff Billy Murray said, “He passed the Riverside, Pell City, Eden, Chula Vista and Cook Springs exits. He exited off I-20 at Brompton, then got on Kelly Creek Road. As he approached Highway 174, he rammed one of our patrol cars. That’s when we put some rounds of ammunition in his tires, bringing the chase to an end.”

Brewer said Smith wrecked his vehicle and was arrested without further incident. He was checked at the scene by paramedics and was determined to be uninjured. He admitted to having outstanding warrants, and was arrested for reckless endangerment and attempting to elude as well.

It was not clear Tuesday which agency had the outstanding warrants or what they were for.

A search of his vehicle turned up some syringes, and the Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force was notified.

According to Task Force Commander Jason Murray, one of the syringes was loaded, although it was not immediately clear with what. Task Force agents also found a bottle of anabolic steroids in the vehicle.

Murray said he was not certain what type of steroids they were, but that they were controlled under state law.

Smith was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Possession of a controlled substance is a class C felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.

Attempting to elude, reckless endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia are all misdemeanors, punishable by up to 12 months in jail.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com.

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