Man leads law enforcement on high-speed chase to father’s gravePublished 1:51pm Tuesday, February 18, 2014
A Tallassee man led Elmore County Sheriff’s Deputies on a high-speed chase from Red Hill, across Kowaliga Bridge and into Tallapoosa County before he was taken into custody next to his father’s grave.
Richard Wayne Williams Jr. was subdued and arrested in the cemetery of Russell Farm Baptist Church in Tallapoosa County Tuesday morning after leading Elmore County Sheriff’s Deputies on a chase. The 37-year-old was tased and handcuffed just a couple feet from the grave of his father, who died in 2005 according to the headstone, after driving into the cemetery near the end of the pursuit.
At least one grave was damaged. Williams admitted to being “messed up” on drugs, deputies said. Passenger Ashley Joy Davis, 39, was also arrested.
“We’re just lucky no one was hurt,” Elmore County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Ricky Lowery said at the scene.
After taking Williams into custody, officers discovered a hunting knife with a five-inch blade hidden next to his father’s grave, barely three feet from where officers fought to get the man handcuffed.
The chase began at 10:21 a.m. Tuesday when an Elmore County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop Williams for speeding near the intersection of Red Hill and Deer Track roads. The vehicle took off, launching a chase that reached speeds of 85-90 mph along twisting roads around Lake Martin and onto Alabama Highway 63.
On at least two occasions, Williams slammed on brakes or tried to ram the deputy’s vehicle, causing visible damage to the right front bumper of the cruiser.
The deputy said he witnessed items being thrown out the windows at various times during the chase. Investigators were searching around Kowaliga Bridge and other spots along the chase route after the chase concluded.
Lowery said Williams will likely face charges of attempting to elude, criminal mischief, obstructing governmental operations and resisting arrest. Other charges are likely, he said, depending on what investigators discover was thrown out the window during the pursuit. Charges against Davis are pending.
They were assisted in the arrest by members of the Alabama Marine Police, Alexander City Police and Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department. Members of Russell Lands security were also on hand as Williams crossed into their property before driving into the cemetery.