BAY MINETTE — A Florida man is facing multiple charges after leading police on a high-speed chase through three counties at speeds in excess of 95 miles per hour in the early morning hours on Thursday. A Perdido man, who was a passenger in the vehicle, is also facing charges.
According to a release issued Thursday by Bay Minette Police Chief Al Tolbert, Hunter Grant Myrick, 29, of Pensacola, Florida, fled from Bay Minette Police officers during a traffic safety check point at approximately 1:03 a.m. on Thursday.
The pursuit ran through northern Baldwin County, Mobile County and into Washington County, according to the release, with speeds in excess of 95 miles per hour.
“During the pursuit, Myrick committed multiple traffic violations to include, excessive speeding, driving on the wrong side of the road, running stop signs and stop lights,” according to the release.
As the pursuit entered into the police jurisdiction of Mount Vernon and Washington County on Highway 43, Mount Vernon Police and Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies utilized spike strips, deflating three of the four tires on the fleeing vehicle.
The vehicle continued to flee on three flat tires for approximately five miles before driving off the shoulder of Highway 43 into a wooded area.
Myrick then reportedly fled on foot into the woods. The front seat passenger, John Windell Clay, and backset passenger, Heather Lauren Dickman, were detained without further incident.
Officers determined that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Escambia County, Florida. A search of the vehicle was conducted and officers discovered an amount of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia items used to consume drugs. Alabama Department of Corrections K-9 team responded and, after a lengthy ground search, Myrick was found hiding in the woods.
Myrick was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property, first degree; possession of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor attempting to elude, along with numerous other traffic related offenses.
According to the Baldwin County Corrections Facility website, Myrick is being held without bond. According to the release, he also has numerous felony warrants out of Escambia County, Florida.
Clay, 47, whose address is listed as Perdido, was reportedly arrested for outstanding warrants. According to jail facility records, he was charged with an expired tag and is being held without bond as a detainer for hold with the Foley Police Department.
While there are no additional bookings for Myrick with the Corrections Facility, Clay has a long list of bookings dating back to 2002. His most recently booking was in October of 2018 on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to jail records, he was held for four days before being released on a $500 bond.
Dickman was released without being charged, according to the release.
This investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending.
“The Bay Minette Police Department is grateful for the assistance from MT. Vernon Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Alabama Department of Corrections K-9 Team for assisting our officers with this incident,” according to the release.