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Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office
Friday March 9th, 2012 :: 03:20 p.m. CST

Press Release from Sheriff Sexton:

Eight days after a 36 mile chase through Tuscaloosa County by Police Officers from the City of Tuscaloosa and Northport, Dustin Blake Smith, age 18, address 11000 Block of Skelton Rd. Duncanville, was taken into custody last night by Tuscaloosa Co. Sheriff’s Deputies after a brief vehicle and foot pursuit. Law Enforcement officers from the Tuscaloosa Police Department, Tuscaloosa Co. Sheriff’s Office and US Marshal’s worked collaboratively throughout the day Thursday to develop the whereabouts of Smith, who he was with and the vehicle he was most likely travelling in. At approximately 10PM last night Officers from the Tuscaloosa Police Department and Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office travelled to a home in Elrod where Smith was believed to be present. As they approached the residence, Officers and Deputies observed a Green Chevrolet Cavalier leaving with three individuals in the car, one believed to be Smith. Officers and Deputies turned around on the vehicle and attempted to stop the vehicle which attempted to elude law enforcement. After approximately 10 mile chase that reached top speed of 60 miles an hour in a rain storm, the suspects stopped their vehicle and bailed out running into the woods. After a brief foot pursuit, Smith was taken into custody and transported by Deputies with the Tuscaloosa Co. Sheriff’s Office to the Tuscaloosa Co. Jail. Smith was charged with:

Burglary III (2 Counts) No Bond; Reckless Endangerment Bond $6,000; Criminal Mischief II Bond $6,000; Attempting to Elude x2 Bond $10,500; and Burglary III with Marion County- No Bond ; Total Bond is $22,500.00

Sheriff Sexton was quoted as saying “I am extremely proud of the collaborative partnership with local and federal agencies. Working together we took into custody a Habitual Offender that fled from a Marion County court, travelled at speeds over 100 mph placing the public in danger during a 36 mile chase last week.”

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office
714 1/2 Greensboro Ave
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

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