Tuscaloosa police captured a man wanted on multiple charges after he attempted to speed away from a police officer for the second time in two months.
A Tuscaloosa police officer recognized a suspect's vehicle while he was on a routine patrol on Monday morning. The driver of the vehicle had fled from police in April and had two warrants out for his arrest from TPD.
The police officer turned on his lights and sirens to pull over the suspect, but the vehicle continued to drive away at a "high rate of speed," according to Sgt. Brent Blankley.
The police chase started around 10:57 a.m. in the northbound lane of Lurleen Wallace Blvd. at 12th Street and continued west, then back to Jack Warner Parkway.
The suspect's vehicle sideswiped a TPD patrol unit at 28th Avenue and Jack Warner Parkway, then turned into a dead end road on 29th Avenue. The suspect drove through a fence, abandoned the vehicle, fled on foot and jumped a fence into a railroad yard.
Officers found the suspect underneath a rail car and took him into custody. They also found marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the car he was driving.
Police arrested Byron Dwights Sullivan, a 25-year-old from Tuscaloosa, on charges of reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of marijuana second degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, attempting to elude police, giving false name and resisting arrest. He was also given citations for leaving the scene of an accident and driving while having a suspended drivers license.
Sullivan was taken to the Tuscaloosa Police Department and later to DCH to be treated for self-inflicted injuries to his foot.
Police say once Sullivan is released from the hospital, he will be booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $4,500 bond. The Pickens County Sheriff's Office and Coaling Police Department also have outstanding warrants for Sullivan's arrest.
The police officer in the vehicle hit by Sullivan was not injured.
Sgt. Blankley said a mugshot for Sullivan was not available since he is still in the hospital at this time.
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