CALHOUN COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE Nov. 1 — The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office says they have just apprehended Reagan Kenney.
“Deputies were being flown over the Choccolocco Management area by the Alabama National Guard. When deputies spotted Kenny on a Razor UTV accompanied by a female. The deputies gave pursuit in the helicopter directing ground units to Kenny’s location,” Sheriff Matthew Wade said.
Sheriff Matthew Wade Thursday announced a suspect in the death of a man who died while driving, striking a stolen trailer allegedly left in the roadway.
Wade says Reagan Scott Kenney is wanted for felony theft and says his actions caused the crash that took the life of a 34-year-old Calhoun County husband and father.
Around 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, a large trailer was stolen from LaserFab on Hwy 431 by occupants of a white Ford F-250 double cab pickup truck. As the truck merged onto the highway, the trailer detached and the suspects left it in the road. Shortly after, James Adams Harris, 34, of Jacksonville was travelling southbound when he collided with the trailer. He was airlifted from the scene and later died from his injuries sustained in the crash.
Wade says after deputies spoke to a theft victim, a deputy had a hunch to drive by a nearby house where he had seen a vehicle matching the description, and located a Ford Super Duty, which was found to be stolen out of Lincoln. Inside, they found one person asleep. While they made contact with that suspect, Wade says Kenney escaped out the back of the house.
The man found asleep in the stolen vehicle was arrested; he’s been identified as James Christopher Hooper and is charged with seven counts of Robbery 1st but there are additional charges pending.
“Anytime somebody is killed because of another person’s action, it’s a big deal, and as far as I’m concerned, we’ll be trying to get warrants for murder,” Wade said.
Wade says they located over $100,000 of stolen items, including a zero turn mower, multiple ATVs, and a motorcycle on Kenney’s property.
“He caused the death of somebody, so, to say he’s armed and dangerous, every person I deal with on a felony warrant I consider that,” Sheriff Wade said. “He hasn’t come to turn himself in, he knows we’re looking for him, he’s on the run, what’s in his heart and mind, I can’t answer that, but I reach out to him for him to come and turn himself in.”