BREAKING NEWS Huntsville City Schools plan for new year includes masks for students, more Full Story
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Jackson County Sheriff's Office wants to change attempting to elude charge to a felony

Right now, 'attempting to elude' is a misdemeanor unless someone gets hurt. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office wants to change that.

Posted: Nov 19, 2019 6:25 PM
Updated: Nov 19, 2019 7:10 PM

At least two inmates booked in the Jackson County Jail Tuesday have charges of attempting to elude.

While Sheriff Chuck Phillips said these particular run-ins weren't dangerous, he says situations like these easily can be.

"It puts the public in danger when we are chasing these people," said Phillips.

Phillips says Jackson County deputies have seen their fair share of police pursuits.

"They'll be running well over 100 miles per hour, 120 sometimes over on 72," said Phillips.

They're happening more frequently.

"Over the past few months it seems to be quite often," said Phillips.

Phillips says he's not sure why the numbers are rising, but they are getting dangerous.

"Especially motorcycles, when they get out on 72 those crotch-rockets they'll run 140-50 miles per hour," he said.

In January a Jackson County man was trying to escape law enforcement on a motorcycle when he crashed into an SUV and died. That danger is why the sheriff's office is in talks with legislative delegates in Jackson County with hopes of making the misdemeanor charge a felony. He says that could change the jail time from a maximum of 1 year to 10 years.

He says for the most part people are running even when they face less-serious charges, like expired licenses. He believes by making the eluding charge an automatic felony those suspects will weigh their possible charges and stay put - keeping everybody safer.

The state legislature's next regular session starts again in February.

Huntsville
Few Clouds
88° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 94°
Florence
Broken Clouds
90° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 74°
Feels Like: 98°
Fayetteville
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 108°
Decatur
Clear
89° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 97°
Scottsboro
Broken Clouds
86° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 97°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 48588

Reported Deaths: 1042
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson5687161
Mobile4315136
Montgomery4275109
Tuscaloosa238248
Marshall181511
Madison16208
Lee146337
Shelby141424
Morgan11575
Baldwin10399
Walker101825
Elmore97519
Dallas9189
Franklin90616
Etowah83413
DeKalb7905
Chambers64727
Autauga64312
Butler63728
Tallapoosa60669
Russell5890
Unassigned53826
Houston5366
Limestone5251
Lauderdale5146
Cullman4905
Lowndes47922
Pike4525
Colbert4426
St. Clair4402
Escambia4358
Calhoun4035
Coffee3923
Covington38110
Bullock36910
Barbour3622
Jackson3432
Talladega3337
Dale3261
Marengo32011
Hale31722
Wilcox2958
Clarke2876
Sumter28512
Winston2773
Chilton2762
Blount2581
Monroe2442
Pickens2446
Marion24114
Randolph2289
Conecuh2187
Macon2029
Choctaw19912
Bibb1981
Greene1888
Perry1791
Henry1403
Crenshaw1253
Washington1217
Lawrence1130
Cherokee1117
Geneva860
Lamar801
Fayette721
Clay692
Coosa601
Cleburne391
Out of AL00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 55986

Reported Deaths: 685
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby12549208
Davidson12234132
Rutherford323437
Hamilton300736
Sumner172755
Williamson151515
Trousdale15035
Knox13929
Out of TN12307
Wilson106017
Putnam9267
Robertson87511
Bradley8744
Sevier8573
Unassigned8302
Lake6960
Tipton6625
Bledsoe6241
Montgomery6207
Bedford5898
Macon5114
Maury4063
Hamblen3974
Hardeman3744
Fayette3443
Madison3392
Loudon3021
Rhea2930
Blount2723
Dyer2703
McMinn25518
Cheatham2432
Dickson2310
Washington1970
Cumberland1934
Lawrence1926
Anderson1662
Lauderdale1643
Sullivan1592
Jefferson1481
Gibson1471
Monroe1416
Smith1362
Coffee1320
Greene1222
Hardin1197
Obion1172
Cocke1160
Haywood1082
Franklin1013
Marshall1011
Warren1000
Hickman950
Wayne900
Marion874
McNairy841
Lincoln780
Giles771
White773
Carter751
Roane710
DeKalb700
Overton671
Weakley671
Hawkins662
Grundy652
Campbell621
Claiborne590
Henderson560
Unicoi560
Carroll491
Chester480
Grainger480
Polk480
Henry470
Crockett443
Johnson440
Sequatchie420
Cannon410
Humphreys352
Perry350
Meigs340
Jackson330
Morgan291
Fentress250
Stewart250
Decatur240
Scott210
Union190
Clay180
Moore170
Houston160
Benton131
Hancock90
Lewis70
Van Buren70
Pickett60

 

 

Community Events