MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A routine traffic stop for speeding turned into a pursuit that led deputies through four counties and reached speeds of 100 mph.
Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin says her deputies attempted to stop a pickup truck on Highway 67 near Water Tower Road. The truck was traveling 78 mph in a 55 mph zone. The driver of the truck then sped up in what Franklin says was an attempt to elude deputies. As deputies pursued the truck, they say they saw what appeared to be liquor bottles and beer cans being thrown from the vehicle.
The chase led deputies from Morgan County through Cullman, Blount and Marshall Counties, where agencies from those counties joined in.
The driver, Kristian Lee Hageman, 39, finally lost control of his truck in a curve on Cox Gap Road in Marshall County. The truck left the road and went into a ravine, where it caught fire. Deputies say Hageman resisted them when they attempted to remove him from the vehicle. Once deputies were able to get him out of the vehicle, emergency crews used a rope to help deputies get the suspect up the steep ravine to their vehicles.
Hagemann, a Decatur resident, was arrested on a slew of charges, including DUI, attempting to elude, resisting to elude, reckless endangerment and criminal littering.
He was released Saturday on $3,400 bond.