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One arrested after chase near Verbena, second suspect gets away

Published 2:38pm Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A theft in Shelby County on Tuesday led to a chase in Chilton County and an arrest in Autauga County.

Calvin Howard, 25, of Montgomery was arrested after he and an accomplice led a Chilton County Sheriff’s deputy on a chase, beginning near Verbena and ending across the Autauga County line, Sheriff Kevin Davis said.

Howard and another black male allegedly stole merchandise, including about 100 bottles of make-up, from a CVS in Pelham.

Law enforcement officers in Shelby County began pursuing the suspects in Calera but lost track of them near the Chilton County line.

Chilton County agencies received a “Be On the Look Out” alert for a late-1990s model Ford Mustang, Davis said.

A sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a vehicle matching the description on Highway 31 just north of Verbena, but the suspects fled south.

“We turned around to try to make a stop, but they took off,” Davis said.

The suspects ditched their vehicle just across the Autauga County line and fled on foot. The deputy in pursuit was able to chase down Howard about 100 yards from the vehicle, but the other suspect escaped into a wooded area.

Stolen items were recovered in the vehicle being driven by the suspects, Davis said.

Davis said no description is available for the second suspect and that Howard has told officers that he didn’t know the name of his accomplice.

Howard was charged with attempting to elude a police officer and receiving stolen property, and is being held in Chilton County Jail. No bond had been set as of Wednesday afternoon, Davis said.

More charges are expected to follow from various Shelby County law enforcement agencies.

No one was injured during the pursuit.

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