Jimmy Lorenza Allen, an Opelika resident, was arrested in the woods near the Chula Vista exit on I-20 by Pell City, Riverside and Cleburne County officers. Allen had crashed his vehicle near the bridge, which is in a construction zone.
Pell City officer Jimmy Woodard said Cleburne County authorities began chasing Allen near the county line, at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
They notified Riverside, Pell City and St. Clair County of Allen’s approach; sheriff’s deputy Doug Smith deployed “spike strips” near the U.S. 231 exit in Pell City in an attempt to stop him.
“I was headed that way, to see if (Smith) needed any help,” Woodard said. “(Allen) tried to hit Doug, and then he attempted to ram my car as well, but he missed.”
At that point, Woodard and Riverside officer Wayne Knight joined the pursuit. Woodard said that Allen ran several more cars off the interstate before crashing just beyond the bridge in Chula Vista and attempting to flee on foot.
“He was caught in the woods and arrested,” Woodard said. “He was still very combative at that point.”
At press time, it was not official why Allen fled from Cleburne County authorities, nor what charges he would face there.
Locally, Woodard said, Pell City is charging him with resisting arrest, attempting to elude and reckless endangerment, all misdemeanors.
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