ATMORE, Ala. (WIAT) — One person was killed in a crash that happened after correctional officials pursued a vehicle after an occupant reportedly tossed a package of contraband over the fence and fled the property.
According to Bob Horton with the Department of Corrections, officials first saw a suspicious vehicle south of the prison’s barrier fence with two unknown people inside. The vehicle reportedly fled the property after a man threw a package over the fence.
Investigators from the DOC chased the vehicle, a 1999 Toyota Avalon, along Alabama 21 onto I-65 S. The suspects exited the interstate and were hit by a second vehicle on the off ramp at the intersection of Highway 59. The Avalon collided by a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The male passenger in the Avalon died at the scene. He is identified as 36-year-old Clint travis Hunley of Foley.
The driver, identified as 26-year-old Jody Lynn Mikel of Trafford was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The driver of the trailblazer was treated for injuries that were not life threatening.
The package reportedly contained 25 cell phones, charges and 183 grams of synthetic marijuana.
Mikel was arrested for reckless murder and faces additional charges for prohibited activity on prison property, trafficking a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband.
State troopers are investigating the crash.