One in custody, one sought after car chase from Tennessee

Authorities in north Huntsville said a car burglary suspect who got away from them in north Huntsville may be armed.

Posted: May 10, 2018 9:59 AM
Updated: May 10, 2018 6:51 PM

Authorities are searching in north Huntsville for a man who led authorities on a chase that started in Tennessee Thursday morning.

Madison County authorities said two men were breaking into a vehicle in Lincoln County and led deputies there in a chase across the state line to the north end of Huntsville.

The driver lost control of the vehicle on Highway 231/431 just south of Mt. Charron Road, crossed the median and hit a vehicle that was traveling north, according to the Madison County Sheriff's Office. The men jumped out and ran.


One of the men, 24-year-old Derell Deonta Hamlett of Huntsville, was taken into custody near the wreck. The other man was last seen in the area around Meridian Street, Winchester Road and Highway 231/431, authorities said. Witnesses said the man may be armed.

Authorities set up a wide perimeter and used K-9 units to search for the suspect, but said the K-9 lost track of the man. 

At last check, the man had not been taken into custody.

The vehicle the men were in at the time of the chase had been reported in Huntsville, authorities said. Some items that had been stolen in Tennessee also were recovered, they said.


Hamlett was charged with first-degree receiving stolen property. He was jailed on $10,000 bond, but a Madison County Sheriff's Office spokesman said other charges were pending.

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