Road rage suspected in Interstate 65 wreck

Published 8:38 pm Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Note: This article has been updated to reflect that Cleveland George, not George Cleveland, was arrested for charges related to this incident.

Clanton experienced major traffic delays May 1 due to an accident on Interstate 65 near mile marker 207. Law enforcement directed the increased traffic through town on U.S. 31.

The Clanton Police Department believes the incident was the result of road rage between a subject in a car and two subjects on a motorcycle, according to a statement on the CPD Facebook.

The male and female motorcycle riders were flown by helicopter to a hospital for medical attention. According to the statement, the extent of their injuries is unknown, but it is believed that they will recover.

The driver of the car continued south on the interstate after allegedly causing the accident in a moment of road rage.

The CPD recovered the vehicle of and arrested Cleveland George, 59, of Clanton. George faces charges of reckless endangerment, leaving the scene and two counts of first degree assault.

First degree assault is a Class B felony, and each charge could carry a sentence of up to 20 years. Leaving the scene of an accident involving injury is a Class C felony, and could carry a sentence of up to 10 years. Reckless endangerment is a Class A misdemeanor, and could carry a sentence of up to one year.

The CPD received assistance from the Calera Police Department and the Clanton Fire Department on the day of the incident, according to a statement on the CPD Facebook page.