4 captured in Jefferson Co. after leading authorities on early-morning, multi-county chase

4 captured in Jefferson Co. after leading authorities on early-morning, multi-county chase
There is a large police presence in Walker County near I-22 and U.S. Hwy. 78. (Source: WBRC)

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - Jefferson County authorities say four suspects are in custody Friday morning after leading numerous agencies on a multi-county chase in west Alabama.

Authorities say the four people were taken into custody after crashing a stolen car between I-22 East and U.S. Hwy. 78 West. Two suspects were captured immediately while the other two ran and were taken into custody shortly afterward.

Leeco Demon Whittington, 23, and 24-year-old Darryius Eugene Tompkins have been identified as two suspects. Tompkins of the suspects had an active attempted murder warrant, Jefferson County authorities say. Whittington has been charged with first-degree receiving stolen property, possession of burglary tools and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana.

Darryius Eugene Tompkins (left) and Leeco Demon Whittington
Darryius Eugene Tompkins (left) and Leeco Demon Whittington (Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

We’re told the crimes started in Leeds when the car was stolen. Authorities say law enforcement was not aware of the stolen car. Authorities say it was an active burglary in Hamilton around 2 a.m. that started Friday morning’s events. The suspects left the scene in the black SUV, which started the chase.

During the chase, multiple agencies became involved as the stolen vehicle crossed county lines. At one point, Winfield officers tried using spikes.

The vehicle was traveling on I-22 at U.S. Hwy. 78 before exiting and crashing in a grassy area by the ramp.

Authorities from Jefferson County, Walker County, Graysville and Leeds are on the scene Friday morning.

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