Officer injured in high-speed chase in Tuscaloosa

Officer injured in high-speed chase in Tuscaloosa
McFarland Boulevard crash (Source: Tuscaloosa Police Department)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - A 17-year-old is in custody and a Tuscaloosa police officer was hospitalized after a high-speed chase in Tuscaloosa ended in a multi-vehicle crash on McFarland Blvd in front of University Mall Wednesday night.

The 17-year-old, who has not been identified, is faces charged related to stealing the vehicle and leading authorities on the chase as well as charges stemming from crack cocaine, prescription pills and marijuana being found in the car.

According to TPD, around 8:25 p.m. an officer on patrol near 15th St. and 10th Ave. attempted to stop a white Nissan Kicks. The driver failed to stop, instead leading officers down McFarland Boulevard, west on to James I. Harrison Parkway and through surrounding neighborhoods before returning to the area of the mall.

The chase got up to 100 mph before the suspect’s vehicle overturned and caused a multi-vehicle collision. Two responding officers in separate vehicles collided, causing one officer to suffer minor injuries that were treated at DCH Regional Medical Center.

McFarland Boulevard crash
McFarland Boulevard crash (Source: Tuscaloosa Police Department)

At 9:30 p.m., a 17-year-old was taken into custody. The suspect told officers that someone else was driving the vehicle, which led to officers closing McFarland Boulevard for the next 90 minutes while they searched the area.

Police say a second suspect was not located and there is no evidence there is a second suspect.

Authorities say a woman appeared at the scene and told officers she had recently rented the overturned vehicle and that it was stolen around 8:30 p.m. while parked at a home. She said a family member told her the car she rented was upside down in the middle of McFarland Boulevard and being broadcast on Facebook Live.

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