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Woman arrested, officer hurt after chase that started in Fort Payne

35-year-old Laura Wooten was taken into custody after the chase ended in Dade County, Georgia.

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018 3:02 PM
Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 3:23 PM

A DeKalb County woman has been arrested after a chase that started in Fort Payne and ended in Dade County, Georgia.

According to officials with the Fort Payne Police Department, someone living on Valley View Avenue reported a suspicious truck had backed into a neighbor's driveway. They told police the driver then got out, picked up something in the neighbor's carport, and loaded it into the truck. This happened around 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday.

Police later saw the truck and tried to pull the driver over, but they didn't stop. Instead, police say the driver continued on Greenhill Boulevard and then on to Highway 11 until they were outside of the city limits. That's when other police agencies joined in on the chase.

The suspect was taken into custody after the chase ended in Dade County.

35-year-old Laura Leeann Wooten, of DeKalb County, has been identified as the suspect.

According to the Dade County Sheriff's Office, one of their own was hurt in the chase. That officer has been identified as Major Tommy Bradford.

Bradford has since had surgery, but officials with the Dade County Sheriff's Office say he has a long road of recovery ahead of him.

This is an ongoing investigation, but we will update this article as more information becomes available.

Photo credit: Hailey Poe

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