Arrest follows Thanksgiving car chase

Published 8:33 pm Monday, November 29, 2010

Clanton police have arrested a 42-year-old Alabaster man following a Thanksgiving Day car chase.

Dempsey Lamar Rhodes faces charges of reckless endangerment, attempting to elude a police officer, criminal littering, driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting arrest after the high-speed pursuit.

Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell gave the following account of the incident:

Clanton Officer Ronald Giles observed a white pickup truck traveling north on Interstate 65 around the 206-mile marker. The vehicle swerved into the right lane, almost striking another car.

Giles activated his lights and siren to stop the vehicle. The driver of the pickup got off the Interstate at Exit 208 and led officers on a chase back to Clanton on Lake Mitchell Road, Studdard Drive, Temple Road and then north again on U.S. 31.

Chilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies joined the chase on U.S. 31, where Sheriff Kevin Davis used spike strips near Goose Pond Park.

The truck continued north on U.S. 31. The spike strips flattened one tire, which slowed the vehicle.

Sheriff’s deputies performed a successful PIT maneuver north of Carl’s One Stop on U.S. 31, which ended the chase.

Dempsey was placed in the Chilton County Jail on bonds totaling more than $5,000.