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New information on burglary suspect involved in wild car chase

The WAFF 48 News Investigators have gathered new information about the suspect who allegedly stole three vehicles during a two-state police chase Tuesday afternoon.

The chase reportedly started in Lincoln County, Tennessee and crossed into Alabama.

We've learned that Chuck Dalton was driving down Echols Road in Lincoln County just after 11:00 a.m. Tuesday when the stolen Volvo he was driving crashed in a field and burned. 

Dalton then jumped into a van and ran over Lincoln County Deputy Mike Pitts.

Pitts then got up and fired three shots at Dalton.

Suffering from gunshot wounds, Dalton made it to Alabama Line Road before the engine of the stolen van blew up.

He then invaded a stranger's house on Alabama Line Road, stayed there for a few minutes, and then stole her Alero.

The suspect drove the Alero five miles went into a friend's house on Arnold Road in New Market, where the Madison County Sheriff's Department arrested him after a 45 minute standoff.

He was then handcuffed and taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

Dalton was shot in the left hand, has 3 broken bones, and has a bullet lodged in his body. 

His injuries are not life-threatening.   

WAFF 48 News was the only television station on the scene when Dalton arrived at the hospital. He entered the emergency room just after 12:30 Tuesday afternoon.

Officers didn't take any chances.

There was a heavy presence of law enforcement from the time the ambulance rolled up to the hospital to the time Dalton was wheeled into the emergency room.     

The deputy who was run over is bruised, but is expected to survive.

Tennessee authorities believe he might be responsible for other burglaries in their area.

The next step for Dalton will be one of two jails -- Madison County or Lincoln County, Tennessee. He faces a long list of charges in both states.   

Meanwhile, the WAFF 48 Investigators have been digging more into Dalton's background.

We've learned that Dalton was wanted in Madison County for theft of property. He was never charged, but there was a warrant to bring him in for questioning.

Also, Dalton has a probation violation warrant in Alabama and has been delinquent for about six months or so.

Sources tell us Dalton's father is a police officer in Tennessee. 

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