BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - Baldwin County Sheriff's deputies continue to "actively search" on Monday for 22-year-old Derek Wood after Wood led deputies on a chase.
Those with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office say Wood was due to check in with corrections officers on Friday morning, October 12, and did not show up.
Deputies tracked Wood using his electronic monitoring bracelet which put him on Dozier Lane. Deputies went to the location and found Wood in a vehicle with a female. When deputies approached, Wood fled in the vehicle .
Deputies say after a short pursuit, Wood crashed the vehicle and took off on foot. While being pursued, deputies say Wood was able to cut off his electronic monitoring device and escape.
Deputies say they have received several tips on Wood's whereabouts and are pursuing those leads.
Wood was arrested in July on charges of rape and sodomy.
His arrest was one of several involving a sex abuse ring in Baldwin County. Wood's uncle has also been arrested in the sex abuse investigation. Wood's other uncle was also being investigated on similar charges but committed suicide before an arrest was made.
Wood is the brother of Brittney Wood, who has been missing since May 30 .
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