High-speed pursuit ends when driver forced off road in Andalusia
Published 12:42 pm Friday, March 17, 2023
A high-speed chase came to an end Thursday afternoon when law enforcement forced the suspect’s vehicle off the road as it traveled north on Hwy. 55, resulting in the arrest of the driver.
Christopher Malcom Albritton, 26, was arrested and booked into the Covington County Jail and is facing multiple charges, including driving under the influence, two counts of reckless endangerment, attempting to elude, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The pursuit began at approximately 4 p.m. in the Red Oak area after law enforcement received a call of a suspicious vehicle. A Covington County deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe with Florida plates, but the driver did not stop and continued north on Hwy. 55 toward Andalusia. Law enforcement said Albritton continued to elude, traveling at an unsafe speed.
Other local law enforcement agencies were called to assist and attempt to end the chase before reaching Andalusia. Spike strips were deployed along Hwy. 55, but the driver recklessly eluded them.
In the area of the Hwy. 55 W. Bypass and Stanley Avenue intersection, multiple law enforcement vehicles attempted to trap the vehicle. A sheriff’s deputy used his own vehicle to disable the suspect’s vehicle, sending it off the roadway in front of the Samurai Steakhouse.
A CCSO Chevrolet Tahoe was struck during the pursuit when the suspect used his vehicle to force the deputy’s vehicle, off the road. That patrol vehicle, driven by Dep. Michael Cheshire, who was the deputy that initiated contact with Albritton, recovered and continued to pursue the suspect, later disabling the suspect’s vehicle.
Bond for Albritton was set at $37,000 and additional charges could be brought.