Walker County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigator Blair Huddleston said 42-year-old Keith Allen Stacks of Cordova, 38-year-old Bobby John Hamby of Jasper, and 28-year-old Sonya Elliott of Trafford, have been charged with first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, attempting to elude, resisting arrest and wreckless endangerment.
Elliott also faces charges for probation revocation for second-degree arson and Stacks faces charges for parole violations, Huddleston said.
“We’re just thankful no one was injured during the chase. These suspects showed total disregard for the safety and welfare of the citizens of Walker County,” Huddleston said.
Deputy Alfred Grace attempted to stop a green Chevrolet Cavalier on a traffic violation on Old Baltimore Road.
“The driver reportedly stopped the vehicle, but as Deputy Grace stepped from his patrol car and began approaching the car, the driver took off and a chase ensued,” Huddleston said.
The chase continued up Old Baltimore toward River Road where Deputy Josh Edwards joined in the pursuit up River Road to Alabama Highway 78 East before going through the Dilworth and Sipsey communities to Campbellville Road before coming to an end on Gravlee Junction Road, about a mile from the Walker and Cullman county line, Huddleston said.
Hamby reportedly jumped from the vehicle when it finally stopped and tried to flee on foot.
“A foot chase then ensued for about a mile before Mr. Hamby was apprehended, which was pretty rough considering it was snowing at the time,” Huddleston said. “We want to thank all the patrol officers from the Alabama State Troopers, Dora Police Department and Walker County Sheriff’s Office evening shift who assisted Deputy Grace and Deputy Edwards Saturday night.”
Huddleston said when he arrived, the deputies had searched the vehicle and found several components generally associated with methamphetamine labs.
“We believe the suspects may have also had a working one-pot meth lab inside the vehicle at some point, but discarded it during the chase,” Huddleston said. “We believe the suspects ran because they didn’t want to go back to prison.”