Two in custody after high-speed chase

Published 1:22 pm Friday, July 13, 2012


A car involved in a high-speed chase is seen at the Troy Police Department in Troy, Ala., Friday, July 13, 2012. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)

Two people were taken into custody after a multi-county high-speed chase that originated in Troy.

The chase began when a Troy Police officer tried to initiate a traffic stop on William Daniel Carswell, 38, of Pike County. Carswell then led police on a dangerous trail that snaked from U.S. Highway 231 in Troy near Trojan Way into Bullock County, into the Montgomery city limits and back down 231 before lawmen stopped the vehicle on what locals refer to as Briar Hill Road, Troy Police Sgt. Benny Scarbrough said.

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The ordeal began at 10:57 and ended at 12:26, Scarbrough reported.

Alabama State Troopers from the Dothan and Montgomery posts, along with the Trooper Aviation Unit assisted the Troy Police Department in the pursuit, according to Trooper Kevin Cook with the Alabama Department of Public Safety. Cook said no injuries were reported.

Scarbrough also noted that the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department aided in corralling and stopping Carswell’s maroon Chevrolet pick-up.

Carswell was arrested on a warrant for theft of property first-degree and is facing numerous traffic charges from TPD, including eluding an officer and wreckless driving. Scarbrough said there’s a good chance more charges will be forthcoming from other law enforcement agencies in other jurisdictions.

Carswell’s female passenger has not been charged for any reason, as of Friday afternoon, Scarbrough said.