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HPD: driver involved with chase destroys church sign

Huntsville Police said the driver initially refused to stop after he was spotted rolling through a red light.

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018 2:17 AM
Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 6:41 PM

A man is behind bars after leading Huntsville Police on a chase through the southwest part of town.

Officers said they first noticed 32-year-old Jerriance Freeman run a red light and attempted to pull him over around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night. They said Freeman refused and took off instead.


At the end of the pursuit, Huntsville Police said the driver struck and destroyed the sign for Friendship Baptist Church.

Freeman then led police on a pursuit through several streets, including heading east on Drake Avenue and then south on Triana Boulevard. Speeds reached into the upper 60s and 70s at times.

The pursuit ended when Freeman crashed into the sign of the Friendship Baptist Church at the corner of Village Drive and Triana Boulevard.

Freeman was arrested at the scene.

According to court records, Freeman was out on a $2500 bond when he was arrested Wednesday night. He was arrested back in May after Huntsville Police said he took $1900 from a house on Will Lane back in March.

He was charged with second-degree theft of property and records show his case was bound over to a grand jury.

However, Wednesday night wasn't the first time Freeman has violated the terms of his release.

In 2007, Freeman pled guilty to charges of first-degree robbery and third-degree burglary. According to the affidavit for the arrest warrant, in 2006 Freeman stole "currency, 11 cartons of Newport cigarettes, three t-shirts, three Nokia cell phones and six packs of Newport cigarettes" from John's Shop EZ and threatened a clerk while armed with a gun.

Freeman was sentenced to three years in prison and five years of supervised probation per his plea agreement.

However, in 2010, officials state that Freeman violated the terms of his probation when in December 2009, investigators said he tried to walk out of the Wal-Mart on Sparkman Drive without paying for a pack of condoms. 

When police patted him down, officers stated that they found "a small baggie of marijuana in his sleeve." He was then arrested for third-degree theft of property and second-degree possession of marijuana.

Freeman also "provided a written statement admitting to the use of marijuana," according to a probation report.

Huntsville Police booked Freeman into the Madison County Jail shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday morning. He now faces charges of attempting to elude police and duty upon striking fixtures upon a highway. A bond amount has not been set for these charges.

Officers added that Freeman also had a warrant out of Florence.

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