One in custody after vehicle pursuit

Published 12:05 pm Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A 24-year-old Clanton man was arrested Tuesday morning after a brief vehicle pursuit.

Nathaniel Jerrell Walker, 24, of County Road 9, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.

Clanton officer Donald Giles was checking for speeders on Seventh Street South when he clocked Walker driving 50 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone, according to police.

When Giles tried to pull the vehicle over using his lights and siren, Walker turned onto Newport Avenue and then went up Jasper Dennis Road and Logan Road, running a stop sign.

Walker got sideways in the parking lot of Clara’s Café and narrowly missed a man mowing grass, Police Chief Brian Stilwell said.

The chase continued along Duren Road, Old Samaria Road and Samaria Road, running two stop signs in the process. Walker then turned into Clearview Store’s parking lot and went between the gas pumps and the store’s front door at a high rate of speed, according to police.

The chase ended after Walker drove down Kincheon Road (which becomes County Road 9) and surrendered in the front yard of a residence. The entire incident lasted about 20 minutes, from approximately 11:35 a.m. to just before noon.

Stilwell said police don’t know why Walker decided to run. Donald Giles and David Bone were the arresting officers.