Chase ends in wreck, arrest

Published 8:26 pm Monday, December 16, 2019

A Banks man led Troy police on a pursuit Friday night before crashing his vehicle and attempting to flee on foot.

Jonathan Lamar Bundy, 27, was arrested on charges of auto theft and attempt to elude following the chase.

Officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 400 block of U.S. Highway 231 on Friday where a 1995 blue Chevrolet Tahoe was taken.

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“Officers later observed this vehicle travelling north on U.S. Highway 29 in the area of County Road 2209 without headlights,” said Troy Police Chief Randall Barr. “As officers attempted a traffic stop, the vehicle accelerated and led officers on a lengthy pursuit. During the pursuit, officers were able to successfully deploy spike strips, which greatly added to the success of Bundy’s capture. The pursuit ended when Bundy crashed the vehicle he was driving while trying to turn onto Alabama Highway 223 from County Road 6663. Bundy then attempted to flee on foot but was caught after a short foot chase by officers.”

Bundy was also charged with reckless endangerment and obstructing governmental operations in connection to an incident that occurred earlier in the day.

“Officers responded to a business in the 200 block of U.S. Highway 231 to investigate a report of a subject siphoning gasoline,” Barr said. “When officers made contact with the suspect, who was identified as Jonathan Bundy, he fled the scene in a red Chevrolet Tahoe at a high rate of speed. The red Chevrolet Tahoe was later found abandoned nearby, shortly before the report of the Blue Chevrolet Tahoe being reported stolen.”

The Troy Police Department was assisted by ALEA and the Pike County Sheriff’s office in this pursuit. Other charges may be pending.

Bundy was booked into the Pike County Jail on a $10,00 bond on the auto theft charge.