Calhoun County sheriff’s deputies charged a Wellington man Thursday morning with fleeing law enforcement after he led them and Ohatchee police on a high-speed chase, officials said.
Deputies searched for Dennis Wayne Gaddy Jr. on Wednesday for a writ of arrest and a warrant on a charge of failing to pay child support, but they were unable to locate the 43-year-old man, said Capt. Marcus Wood with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office.
“They were able to get a description of a vehicle for Mr. Gaddy,” Wood said.
Thursday morning around 10 a.m., a deputy spotted the vehicle and followed it into the parking lot of a gas station, the captain said.
“The deputy turned his lights on and attempted to do a traffic stop,” Wood said. “As soon as he turned his lights on, the vehicle took off.”
Wood said deputies, with the help of Ohatchee police, chased the vehicle between U.S. 431 and Alabama 144 on back roads, at times reaching speeds of 85 mph.
“They threw out the spike strip at one point and got one of his tires, but he kept going,” Wood said. Deputies eventually got Gaddy’s vehicle stopped on Ben Martin Road in Wellington, the road the man lives on, Wood said.
“Mr. Gaddy bailed from the vehicle running toward his home on Ben Martin Road,” the captain said. “We caught him shortly after.”
Gaddy was charged with attempting to elude and resisting arrest, with bond set at a combined $9,000 for the two charges. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 6, the captain said.