A man being pursued by Calhoun County deputies was killed Thursday when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed in east Gadsden.
The chase started in the Wellington community in Calhoun County and ended at least nine miles away in Gadsden when one of three motorcyclists being chased by deputies wrecked, fatally wounding the driver.
Law enforcement officers were warned about three speeding motorcyclists after they eluded officers in Calhoun County on Wednesday. Calhoun County deputies and Sheriff Larry Amerson pursued the three motorcyclists as they sped along on I-20 in the Oxford area.
Sheriff Amerson said they would have pulled them over on Wednesday for traffic violations due to their speed. Deputies were able to pursue the cyclists for awhile since the heavy rains and traffic forced them to slow down, but the trio eventually managed to get away.
After Wednesday's chase, Calhoun County Sheriff's Office notified other law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the three motorcyclists.
Thursday, a patrolman spotted three motorcyclists matching the same description in Wellington near the Calhoun/Etowah county line. Glencoe police officers took up the chase on Highway 431 and pursued the motorcyclists.
Once they got to east Gadsden, two of the three motorcyclists pulled off of 431 but a third kept going about a quarter mile into the Gadsden city limits.
The man was driving westbound on East Meighan Boulevard when he lost control and hit a utility pole, Gadsden Police Captain Bobby Jackson said. The wreck happened around 10:42 a.m. in the 2400 block of East Meighan Blvd.
Sherrif Amerson said the man rolled his motorcycle several times across the highway from the Holiday Host motel. Law enforcement said he was pronounced dead on the scene.
Etowah County deputy coroner Michael Head identified the victim as Tevin Garcia Williams, a 21-year-old man from Birmingham.
After the fatal crash, a law enforcement officer found the other two motorcyclists hiding behind the Tractor Supply Company store down the road on East Meighan Blvd. Sheriff Amerson says the two men were both wanted on outstanding felony violations, one out of Jefferson County and one out of Hoover. Amerson did not know the specific charges against each cyclist.
Thursday afternoon, the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office identified the two suspects as Andre James Byrd, 20, from Birmingham and Radarius Jamall Burnett, 20, from Ensley. Both men were arrested for attempting to elude law enforcement.
Sheriff Amerson said the motorcycle driven by Williams had been reported stolen. None of the three motorcycles had license plates.
Gadsden police found the other two bikes hidden behind the Tractor Supply Company store after getting calls from witnesses.
Amerson added that the motorcycles were rigged with nitrous oxide, a chemical that can make them run faster. The motorcycle that wrecked appeared to be a high-performance bike capable of outrunning police officers even without the special modifications.
The sheriff said that chasing speeding motorcycles is becoming a bigger problem for law enforcement. Amerson added that it's not worth it to run from a simple traffic violation and risk your life.
seeing bike riders who know they can outrun anything else on the road,
they come out without a tag...It's not unusual for somebody to
flee nowadays, and it just puts everybody at risk on the highway," he said.
Amerson said this is the second motorcyclist to die in a wreck in the same area after being pursued by law enforcement.
On March 3, a 26-year-old man was killed after running a red light on East Meighan Blvd. and wrecking into an SUV after traveling around 100 mph. The motorcyclist was being pursed by Glencoe police officers.
The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, Gadsden Police Department, Etowah County Sheriff's Office and Glencoe Police Department and Alabama State Troopers responded to Thursday's wreck in Gadsden.
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