Officers attempted to stop a vehicle leaving TJ’s Convenience Store on Sharon Boulevard in Dora for having switched plates when the driver of the vehicle reportedly rammed the patrol car twice before fleeing the scene. Officers followed the vehicle and deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Street Crimes Unit joined the chase that ended after the suspect fled on foot into a wooded area near the intersection of Sharon Boulevard and Flat Top Road late Wednesday night.
Officers followed, enlisting the help of tracking dogs, but were unable to apprehend the suspect. The vehicle, a Mazda pickup truck, had been reported stolen in Jefferson County on Dec. 21, 2012, and was recovered at the scene. Police also recovered the suspect’s hoodie sweatshirt and bandana that were discarded in the woods.
Dora police obtained a surveillance photo of the suspect from the convenience store and were able to identify the suspect from it.
Based on the identification, Dora police obtained arrest warrants on Courtney Alan Norwood, 33, of Quinton. The charges include first degree receiving stolen property, second degree assault, second degree criminal mischief, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, switched tag and attempting to elude law enforcement. Norwood already had pending charges for other offenses prior to Wednesday’s chase.
According to Dora Police Chief John Duchock, Dora police, along with Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies, entered Norwood’s residence at 4715 Watkins Road in Quinton by force and arrested the suspect Thursday afternoon.
During the course of the arrest, officers also discovered an active meth lab at the residence. Jefferson County deputies seized the lab, drug paraphernalia and between two and three ounces of methamphetamine.
Norwood is expected to face charges in Jefferson County for manufacturing a controlled substance, trafficking a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. An unnamed female arrested at the residence will also face possession of controlled substance charges in Jefferson County.
Norwood is being held at the Walker County Jail on a $133,000 cash bond. The Dora officer involved in the incident was uninjured and returned to work on Thursday.