DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office reports there were two separate high-speed chases on Thursday.
The first was at approximately 2 a.m. Deputies say it began after a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Highway 75 near Sylvania. When the deputy turned around, the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed and turned onto County Road 112.
Deputies say the pursuit ended in a field after the driver and passenger fled on foot into a wooded area. Both were apprehended after a drug task force agent, and a K-9 deputy arrived on scene to assist.
The driver, Dustin Bell, 32, of Rainsville, was charged with attempting to elude, resisting arrest, and reckless endangerment. The passenger, Dakota Hicks, 22, of Valley Head, was charged with attempting to elude and resisting arrest.
Bell had existing warrants with the Geraldine Police Department, which was his stated reason for attempting to elude the deputy.
The next pursuit happened at approximately 7 p.m. between Sylvania and Powell.
Deputies say it started when a patrol sergeant attempted a traffic stop on County Road 47. The suspect vehicle accelerated to a high rate of speed and crossed over Highway 35, with the Powell Police Department joining the pursuit.
The chase continued on County Road 47 where the subject allegedly almost struck a Fyffe police officer. After striking a county road sign and a mailbox, the subject wrecked in a yard on County Road 50.
The driver, Dillon Finch, 26, of Sylvania, and Tiffany Tuten, 28, of Rainsville were apprehended at the scene. Investigators say they found marijuana and suspected methamphetamine in the vehicle.
Finch received nine charges related to the chase, including possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, second-degree possession of marijuana, attempting to elude police, reckless endangerment, third-degree criminal mischief, and attempted assault on a police officer. He will also be facing charges from the Fyffe Police Department. Finch also received 12 traffic citations related to the chase.
Finch also had an existing warrant with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office for domestic violence.
Tuten was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree possession of marijuan, and attempting to elude police.
“It seems like these pursuits are occurring on a regular basis. The suspects were charged to the fullest extent, as will always be the case when they lead our deputies on a reckless pursuit,” DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said in a news release.