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Man charged with eluding police

A former Super 8 employee has been arrested after he allegedly failed to return a borrowed vehicle and eluded police during a Friday afternoon chase.

Curtis Lee Dortch, 34, of Brantley, faces charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude police and driving with his license revoked, after a Troy Police investigation, said spokesman Sgt. Benny Scarbrough.

It was originally reported on Monday, June 14, Dortch had borrowed the motel manager’s vehicle and failed to return it.

Scarbrough said it was also reported that an undisclosed amount of cash had been taken from a deposit box within the business.

Scarbrough said the investigation has been ongoing since, and police used video surveillance inside the motel as part of the case.

On Friday, June 18, police made contact with the suspect vehicle, a 1996 blue Pontiac Grand Pris, leaving the Super 8 motel.

The vehicle headed north on U.S. Highway 231, and accelerated as police attempted to make contact with it. Dortch is said to have then turned into a local business, head to McNeil Street and left his vehicle in the Walgreens parking lot. Scarbrough said Dortch then fled across Elba Highway and was followed by an officer on a foot pursuit that ended when Dortch was apprehended in the Wachovia parking lot. He was taken to the Troy City Jail, where he was charged with the three misdemeanor charges.Scarbrough said the case remains under investigation, and he is unable to say whether Dortch is suspected of the original theft reported.