Vehicle stolen from Jasper Dodge dealership

By ED HOWELL, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 11/30/17

A vehicle was stolen Wednesday afternoon from a Jasper auto dealership, leading to a high speed chase to Birmingham, where one person of interest was being held for questioning later in the day, Jasper Police Chief J.C. Poe said.

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Vehicle stolen from Jasper Dodge dealership

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A vehicle was stolen Wednesday afternoon from a Jasper auto dealership, leading to a high speed chase to Birmingham, where one person of interest was being held for questioning later in the day, Jasper Police Chief J.C. Poe said.

At 12:54 p.m. Wednesday, Jasper police received a call from Ford Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep of Jasper to report that a sports car was stolen, Poe said, listing it as a 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat valued at $50,000.

“Two black males pulled up in what was a new looking Dodge Challenger,” he said. “They wanted to listen to this other Dodge Challenger on the car lot. The one whose motor they wanted to listen to was a 2018 Dodge Challenger, the Hellcat version, which is apparently the hottest thing out on the market, or for Dodge anyway.” 

The motor was started with one of the men sitting in the dealer’s vehicle, he said. Then that man closed the door, and the other man took off in the car they arrived in. The man in the local car then took off behind him, with both vehicles headed east toward Sumiton on Highway 118, he said.

Poe said the incident happened at the end of the city, with no Jasper officers available nearby and with the cars taking off so quickly at a high rate of speed, he said.

“They were on the outskirts of town, so they were gone,” he said.

“Sumiton and Dora were notified. They spotted the cars at Rocky Hollow. They were waiting on it apparently. They clocked the cars at 155 mph coming through,” Poe said. “Of course, I don’t think they pursued them going through Sumiton and Dora because of the danger.” Someone from Adamsville police and Alabama State Troopers may have given chase.

Details on the chase were sketchy late Wednesday afternoon as officers were still investigating the details, he said, noting local investigators were in Fairfield late that afternoon. “I haven’t got a full report from them yet,” he said.

Poe noted at one point in the afternoon officers discussed putting up spike strips to slow down the two vehicles “but they were moving so fast you didn’t want to do that. You could kill someone doing that.” 

The new car from Jasper that was stolen was found abandoned that afternoon at Western Hills Mall, with officers believing the driver may have jumped out of it, Poe said. The condition of the vehicle, which has been recovered, was not known late Wednesday afternoon.

The vehicle the suspects arrived in had not been recovered as of late Wednesday afternoon.

Poe said the vehicle the suspects arrived in at the Jasper dealership was stolen at gunpoint probably about 10 a.m. that day at a Bessemer car dealership. No one was injured in that incident that Jasper police were aware of.

Birmingham police, who became involved in the case, took a person of interest into custody for questioning, he said. “We’re not positive he is involved,” he said.

Poe said “numerous” law enforcement agencies have been involved. “I don’t have a count at this time,” he said. “The three primary investigative agencies will be ourselves, Bessemer and Birmingham PD.”