Empire man arrested after chase through East Walker
by James Phillips
Nov 10, 2010 | 5807 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 29-year-old Empire man is now in the Walker County Jail after leading police on a chase through East Walker County in a stolen vehicle Tuesday afternoon.

Jason Allen Cooley was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, attempting to elude and resisting arrest. He could also face additional felony charges for the stolen vehicle.

Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said the incident began when officers with the Sipsey Police Department attempted to stop Cooley’s vehicle.

The suspect reportedly led Sipsey police on a pursuit through Sipsey and Empire. Walker County Sheriff’s Office deputies intercepted the vehicle on Coon Creek Road where Cooley abandoned the car and led authorities on a foot chase for several miles through the woods.

“After the suspect fled into the woods, we called in the Alabama Department of Corrections Canine Tracking Unit,” Tirey said.

Police and the tracking dogs searched for more than two hours, Sheriff’s Office investigator Ralph Williams said.

Cooley was found inside a home on Union Street in Empire, hiding in a back bedroom.

Williams said Cooley is also wanted in Douglas County, Ga., for probation violation.