BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A deputy attempted to stop a black Chevrolet Impala on I20 west near I459 on Tuesday just before 3 p.m. The driver refused to stop and led deputies on a short chase.
The suspect continued on to I459 South in attempt to get away which led the deputy to issue a description of the suspect vehicle to Birmingham, Hoover and Vestavia Police Departments.
Just before the Liberty Park exit, the passenger threw two plastic storage containers out of the window. The car exited at Liberty Park, where a Hoover officer was prepared to wait for the chase to arrive. The driver of the suspect vehicle swerved off the road way to avoid the police vehicle, subsequently damaging the rear right tire of the suspect vehicle. The damage to the tire caused it to begin to deflate.
The suspect vehicle entered the interstate again, traveling south on I459. When the tire forced the suspects to pull over, the occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody at the exit ramp to U.S. Highway 280. The chase lasted for 10 miles.
When deputies returned to the location where the plastic containers were discarded from the car, they recovered eight ounces of methamphetamine, with a street value of $13,000. Inside the car a shotgun, ammunition and scales were also recovered.
The driver of the vehicle has been identified as 25-year-old Billy Wayne Connell of Thorsby. He was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, attempting to elude, and reckless driving. His bond is set at $107,000 and he remains in the Jefferson County Jail.
The passenger was identified as 23-year-old John William Harder V of Millbrook. He was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine. His bond is set at $100,000 and he remains in the Jefferson County Jail.
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